Monday, 3 October 2011

UK passport forms to be changed by late 2011

UK passport forms are to be updated to allow same sex parents to be represented alongside 'mother' and 'father'. The updated forms will have sections for 'parent one' and 'parent two' and The Home Office say that this will ensure passprts are issued safely to the correct person.
Gay rights groups have argued that the current arrangements are discrimatory. Sam Dick, head of policy at gay rights group Stonewall said: "These changes simply reflect the realities of modern life for families - making it clearer for same-sex parents applying for passports for their children and more straightforward for the officials who process them."

Those who campaign for stronger family values have suggected that the changes dilute the importance of both mothers and fathers -  Norman Wells, director of the Family Education Trust, said: "To speak of 'parent one' and 'parent two' denigrates the place of both fathers and mothers. Fathers and mothers are not interchangeable but have quite distinct roles to play in the care and nurture of their children."

Further proposals include sex-free passports to allow transgender people to opt out of choosing between being male or female.

Similar changes were made in America earlier this year.