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France Gets Rid of "Mere" and "Pere" and Moves to "Parents" Pour Les Homosexuels

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"My kid is gay, so what?" Same thing goes for parents.

French parents are the best, right? We know that because an American lady told us so. They don’t fret about parenthood like we Americans do, but they do apparently fret over what to call themselves. According to Jezebel, the French are “preparing to replace the words ‘mother’ and ‘father’ in all official documents with the gender-neutral amalgamation ‘parents.’” That’s pairh-ohnts, to you, bucko. Hee-hee-hee, hon-hon-hon!

Jez says, “The move anticipates France’s looming legalization of same-sex marriage,” which will state that “marriage is a union of two people, of different or the same gender.” Right. Easy! The law will “grant equal adoption rights to heterosexual and homosexual couples” as well.

Meanwhile, The Telegraph reports that “The head of the French Catholic Church Cardinal Philippe Barbarin warned followers last week that gay marriage could lead to legalised incest and polygamy in society.” Yes. And then what word will the French be forced to substitute parents with? Souillon! Salope! Flicard! (Go have some fun on Google Translate.) ps, Cardinal: Some children are already being raised by non-traditional families. Somebody call Les Mormons!

The Telegraph goes on to say, “Leading French Catholics have also published a ‘Prayer for France’, which says: ‘Children should not be subjected to adults’ desires and conflicts, so they can fully benefit from the love of their mother and father.’” That’s right, straight French people! No divorce for you! Even if you desire one and your marriage is full of conflict! Quel dommage!

I’m not really sure why this is news. Here in the states, in New York State and certainly in New York City, school forms already say parent/guardian and have since I was a kid, I think. I can’t remember if my daughter’s passport application used the words “mother” and “father” or not, but I think most medical forms nowadays say “parent” and then ask for “relationship to the child.” Anyway, what do you think? It is the end of the monde or what?

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