Tennessee’s Administrative Office of the Courts has reversed a move to drop use of the words “mother” and “father” on forms filed in divorce cases and instead substitute the words “parent 1” and “parent 2,” according to Fox News commentator Todd Starnes. Some state legislators were apparently outraged at the plan.
On Tuesday afternoon I told you that court officials in Tennessee had replaced the words “Mother” and “Father” on court documents with the gender-neutral terms “Parent 1” and “Parent 2”.
A few hours after my column was published the Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) announced they were reversing the policy.
A court spokesperson told me they had made the change to more gender-neutral language in the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s decision to redefine marriage.
That decision infuriated thousands of readers — including one mother who said she did not endure ten hours of labor to be called “Parent 1.”
After fielding lots of angry phone calls it didn’t take long for the court to realize they had stepped into a great big pile of Number 2.
Here’s the statement I received from the AOC:
“After receiving feedback regarding a recent change made to the permanent parenting plan form, the AOC has reviewed the procedures and determined that, before making any changes to the form, the AOC should consult with the Domestic Committee of the Tennessee Judicial Conference. We have reverted to the previous form and the Committee has been notified.”
In laymen’s terms — Mommy and Daddy are once again permissible.
That’s good news for folks like State Rep. Dan Howell, of Cleveland, Tenn. He was livid when he learned the state had dropped ‘Mother’ and ‘Father.’
“I was dumbfounded,” he told me. “I thought: ‘how could this happen in a state that has voted by more than 80 percent to define marriage as between one man and one woman’?”
Howell was in the process of rounding up a posse of fellow legislators to stop the court — when the decision was reversed.
Note: For another perspective, see the Herston Law Group’s website. An excerpt:
Because of complaints from a handful of same-sex marriage opponents (give it up already!) about the new “Parent 1” and “Parent 2” designations, which designations have been used for years in states where same-sex marriages were recognized prior to Tanco v. Haslam, the AOC has temporarily removed the new form and reverted to the old form that contains the “Mother” and “Father” designations.
…If you feel like banging your head against the nearest wall, read this article (above on this post) to see extremists complain about how the change in nomenclature “violates the rights of heterosexual parents.”
Hat tip, Knoxviews