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From Mom and Dad to Parent One and Parent Two: What do you think?

Passport application forms, "in recognition of different types of families," will soon refer to parent one and parent two instead of mother and father. What do you think of the change?

By Local Editors  |  January 7, 2011; 10:18 PM ET Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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The options in this poll are insufficient. I chose "It's long overdue" but my true attitude is, "This seems appropriate."

Posted by: los22 | January 7, 2011 10:44 PM

What a dumb thing to have a poll about. Seriously, you want to find out how many people think a simple matter of accuracy is political correctness?

Posted by: hmessinger2 | January 8, 2011 3:25 AM

There are people commenting on the article's page that this is "sick" or "I didn't know that men could give birth".

Ever heard of adoption?

Posted by: jakemd1 | January 8, 2011 9:57 AM

The options on this poll are indeed insufficient. Where is the" I'm offended" button? Now we penalize the vast majority of people in this country by not allowing them to identify thmeselves as they truly are mothers and fathers in order to appease a vast minority. This is the tail wagging the dog. What's next Parent 1 Day in May? Parent 2 Day in June? Pure lunancy.If people decide to be in a relationship where these labels are in doubt, then they should choose what role they are going to play. Designated mom or dad. One tends to be more masculine or feminine anyway in their relationship so that shouldn't be a stretch. Why should mothers who value that label either through birth or adoption be reduced to parent 1 to appease a small minority?

Posted by: detroitblkmale30 | January 8, 2011 10:22 AM

Look! Even in gay marriages, one partner is the husband and one partner is the wife. Why do we need to change this - and infuriate so manyh people? In a recent Post article about Elton John, John's partner was referred to as "John's husband." Obviously, that means that John himself is the wife/mother. Why can't we just understand that the term "father" could be male or female and the term "mother" could be male or female?

Posted by: georges2 | January 8, 2011 10:36 AM

What if parent one and parent two are not US citizens but the father and mother are. Isn't the purpose of the application to determine citizenship under the laws. In this case why bother with parents for purposes of citizenship. Why even collect the information if its not used to determine validity of issuance of a US passport.

Posted by: Ohreally3 | January 8, 2011 10:52 AM

"Parent 1" and "Parent 2" sound so Orwellian. If Heather has two mommies, let them use "mother" and "mother". If Billy has two daddies, let them use "father" and "father". The rest of us can use "mother" and "father".

Posted by: TArbiter | January 8, 2011 12:32 PM

This is government at its "progressive" worst. The rush to appease the virulent gay movement (as opposed to normal gay people) is so overwhelming I'm surprised we don't remove all indicia of gender on birth certificates, IDs and passports. After all, what if a person does not like to be called "male" or "female." Let's call us humanoids, that's all the government would be comfortable with.

Posted by: boneyparte | January 8, 2011 4:53 PM

The poll choices aren't sufficient. This doesn't sit well with me but I wouldn't, given another option, say this was "PC run amok." It's a humanistic position with presumably good although in my view misguided intentions. Even with all of the social change that we've seen, the vast majority of children have a mother and father and this remains the ideal. The next way station along this secular path I suppose is male, female and other as a concession to the transgender members of the gay community. Tolerance shouldn’t mean that the majority needs to concede every social point of contention. Whether one is religious or not, striking a balance between what is natural (in the context of normal human behavior), respectful of societal tradition and reasonably fair is a good approach that should yield just results. In this case, we’ve over-reached.

Posted by: sbmeier | January 8, 2011 5:12 PM

In the overwhelming majority of parental relationships that are heterosexual the parents, biological or adoptive, will have to decide which is number one and which is number two in a situation where they are supposed to be equal. The commenter who said this move is Orwellian hit the nail on the head because this executive action without Congressional approval is only one of the earliest Orwellian measures that can be expected from the PC, pansy butt police state the USA is turning into.

Posted by: reformthesystem | January 8, 2011 6:57 PM

Orwellian, PC run amok, stupid?
All of the above.

Posted by: camper3 | January 9, 2011 5:46 PM

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