Dear Ms. Feverfew:
Recently, the U.S. State Department announced they are changing the passport application to read “Parent 1” and “Parent 2” instead of “Mother” and “Father.” I have no problem with this in any way shape or form, especially when there are far more pressing issues that need to be addressed, like homelessness, hunger, and the children who are about to age out of foster care because they have neither Parent 1 or Parent 2 nor a mom or a dad who are capable of parenting them.
What I DO take exception to is the response from the Family Research Council president Tony Perkins who said, “Only in the topsy-turvy world of left-wing political correctness could it be considered an ‘improvement’ for a birth-related document to provide less information about the circumstances of that birth.”
Perkins further argues against the changes by asserting, “Since science has yet to master human cloning, the newborn human being has always received half of his or her genetic inheritance via the sperm of a male parent, i.e., the father. It would be helpful if a certificate related to ‘birth’ would identify which is which.”
Uh…this is the same Family Research Council that supports adoption (and sealed birth records), correct? Is it just me, or does anyone else find Mr. Perkins’ argument a wee bit…uh, ummm… well, hypocritical? So…less information about the circumstances surrounding a child’s birth is BAD for a passport but is GOOD for amended (falsified), sealed birth certificates?
I am confused.
Let me try to figure this one out again. Less information = GOOD when erasing a child’s cultural and natural parent’s identity through amended birth records. Less information = BAD when trying to more accurately reflect a child’s current familial situation. Or to put it another way: amended birth records that lie about to whom a child was actually born = GOOD. New passport applications that say “Parent 1 & Parent 2” = BAD.
Hmmm…I still don’t get it.
I think I might write a letter to Mr. Perkins and see if he can help clarify the situation.
Much love to you and all those who have to deal with fake birth certificates (I am so sorry about that…I didn’t realize that was what was going to happen) –