\"GG\" wrote:Alright, I think I see our problem, Ben. You are talking "lawmakers" and I am talking "families".
\"Ben Kenobi\" wrote:Yes, and California just passed a law saying that the term mom and dad are offensive.
No, Ben, California did not. California just passed a law saying that discrimination based on a number of items, including sexcual orientation is not allowed. Therefore, you cannot say that Billy's straight parents are mom and dad while Sally's gay parents are parent 1 and parent 2.
\"GG\" wrote:Little Billy is not going to run home and say "Hey, Parent Number 1, I got a gold star for show and tell!"
\"Ben\" wrote:If that's the only thing he's ever heard?
A kid gets to kindergarten, 5 years old, and has never heard "I'm Daddy" or "I'm Mommy"? Unlikely.
\"GG\" wrote:He's going to run home and say "Dad! Look at my gold star!"
\"Ben\" wrote:What if the teacher shushes him and says, no you don't say that! You say parent number one or parent number two. Just like we have them say number one and number two to refer to bodily functions.
That's just silly. What do you do if the child comes from a divorced family? Parent 3 and Parent 4? Suppose the child is adopted... is that Replacement Parent 1 and Replacement Parent 2? Your example appears to be grasping at the most extreme straws.
\"GG\" wrote:Being called Parent Number 1 and Parent Number 2 - now THAT I could see offending someone.
\"GG\" wrote:That is exactly what Spain has done for exactly the same reasons in the registry. If you don't believe me I'll post it up.
I believe you. I don't believe that the people of Spain introduce their prospective mates to their new inlaws as "Parent Number 1" and "Parent Number 2".