France

France Considers Replacing Mom and Dad with Parent 1 and Parent 2

Part of legislation legalizing gay marriage

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If France's new Socialist government has its way, mothers and fathers will cease to exist — in legal papers, that is.

Legislation that would legalize same-sex marriage and give homosexual couples the right to adopt children also would replace the terms "mother" and "father" with "parent 1" and "parent 2" in all legal documents, including birth certificates.