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French Assembly Votes to Replace ‘Mother’ and ‘Father’ With ‘Parent 1’ and ‘Parent 2’ in Schools

“Scary ideology, which in the name of endless egalitarianism advocates the erasure of landmarks, including family.”

In a nod to LGBT inclusivity, the words “mother” and “father” will be replaced by “parent 1” and “parent 2” in schools across France following a Tuesday vote by the national assembly to amend an existing law.

“To prevent discrimination, school enrollment, class registers, parental authorizations and all other official forms involving children must mention only Parent 1 and Parent 2,” reads the language in the amendment.

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“This amendment aims to root in law children’s family diversity in administrative forms submitted in school,” said Valerie Petit, a French politician who belongs to the La République En Marche! party of French President Emmanuel Macron.

“We have families who find themselves faced with tick boxes stuck in rather old-fashioned social and family models,” Petit added. “For us, this article is a measurement of social equality.”

The new law is part of a broader bill aimed at reforming policies in French schools, including enforcing mandatory attendance for three-year-old children, The Telegraph reported.

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Socialist French lawmaker Joaquim Pueyot lauded the amendment for its effect on the wellbeing of students. “You cannot imagine the consequences when children don’t feel treated like the others,” he said.

Meanwhile, several of the country’s right-leaning politicians have spoken out against the reform. According to France’s Le Figaro, Fabien Di Filippo, a member of the center-right LR party, called the change a “Scary ideology, which in the name of endless egalitarianism advocates the erasure of landmarks, including family.” Di Filippo’s colleague, Xavier Breton, made a similar denouncement, characterizing the amendment as “politically correct thinking that does not correspond to reality.”

The controversy might call to mind the various cultural battles waged in the United States regarding the use of language, particularly transgender activists’ concern over preferred pronouns.

The essence of the conflict is the same as the one that currently entangles France – liberals advocate for increased legal and state recognition of marginalized groups. Conservatives, on the other hand, push back against what they view as the doctrinaire tyranny of progressive activists.

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