'Mother' and 'Father' Replaced with 'Parent 1, 2' on Student Aid Forms

On the 2014-2015 federal student aid form (FAFSA), the U.S. Department of Education will replace the terms “Mother” and “Father” with “Parent 1” and “Parent 2,” noted CampusReform.org.

The new verbiage will accommodate students who are brought up in gay homes where there are two mother or two fathers.

“All students should be able to apply for federal student aid within a system that incorporates their unique family dynamics,” Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said in a press release.

“These changes will allow us to more precisely calculate federal student aid eligibility based on what a student’s whole family is able to contribute and ensure taxpayer dollars are better targeted toward those students who have the most need, as well as provide an inclusive form that reflects the diversity of American families.”

In response to the new form, Cathy Ruse of the Family Research Council said the change was "deeply offensive" and claimed that President Obama was somehow denying her motherhood.

Ruse wrote:

I carried my children for 9 months in my womb, I endured the pain (and joy) of birth, I nursed them for many months after they were born, and every morning they jump into my bed screaming, “Mommy!” But the federal government says I’m Mommy no more. I am Parent 1. Or maybe Parent 2.

Mr. President, I dare you to tell my daughters I’m not their mother.

Sources: ED.gov,CampusReform.org, FRCBlog.com


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