Last week the State Department announced that applications for passports wouldn't ask for information about people's "Father" and "Mother" anymore, but instead ask about "Parent 1" and "Parent 2." It makes sense, and not just for same-sex couples raising children, but for a variety of families that don't fit the mold.
But every good idea in the US must be watered down by compromise:
From controversy to compromise. After announcing that on children's passport applications, "mother" and "father" would in the future be referred to as "parent 1" and "parent 2," the State Department Saturday changed course and retain the titles "mother" and "father," while also adding the term "parent."
The agency said Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton ordered that "mother" and "father" remain on passport forms and paperwork that documents the birth of a child to Americans overseas. Nicole Thompson, State Department spokesperson, told PoliticsDaily the forms will now ask for the names of the child's "mother or parent" and "father or parent," or possibly "mother or parent 1" and "father or parent 2."
Not that this was needed when it comes to the forms themselves. A child's heterosexual parents would be able to figure out what "Parent" means without a hassle and wouldn't feel like they're messing up the forms if they answer truthfully, so that seems like it was already a compromise (it's not like the new forms said "Mother" and "Mother"), but any good solution that works for everyone has to be compromised with some people who think that calling them a parent instead of a father or mother is the end of the world.