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Published On: Wed, Sep 26th, 2012

France to eliminate ‘father’ and ‘mother’ terms to be more sensitive to gay community

France may ban the words for “mother” and “father” from official documents if legislators approve a controversial proposed law.

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Coming as Socialist President François Hollande’s push to legalize gay marriage divides opinion in the country, the new law would introduce the gender-neutral term for “parents” throughout the French civil code, the basis for law in France and its territories.

“Marriage is a union of two people of different or of the same gender,” reads a draft of the law — to be examined by some ministers as early as Wednesday.

Aside from legalizing gay marriage and deleting gender-specific terms, the law would also permit gay couples to adopt children in the same way straight couples can.

France’s Justice Minister Christiane Taubira is quoted as telling French newspaper La Croix, “Who is to say that a heterosexual couple will bring a child up better than a homosexual couple, that they will guarantee the best conditions for the child’s development? What is certain is that the interest of the child is a major preoccupation for the government.”

Calling gay marriage a “societal breakdown,” the head of the French Catholic Church, Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, told the Christian RCF radio station that gay marriage could lead to polygamy and incest.

And the Catholic Church has issued an updated national prayer for France, which now includes a line arguing that children should “cease to be objects of the desires and conflicts of adults and fully benefit from the love of a father and a mother.”

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