Mothers and Fathers are endangered expressions
The Spanish government announced a ministerial order that new births would be registered under the headings of Parent A, and Parent B - the terms “Father” and “Mother” were to be no longer used
Wednesday, March 08, 2006
by Robert Duncan
[font=Verdana]In an unwitting move, Spain’s government last week provided strong proof that same-sex marriages really are anti-family.
By now, most readers know that the Spanish government passed legislation last year making same-sex marriages legal. What most people probably don’t realize is that since the Socialist government passed that legislation there hasn’t been a run on gay couples seeking to get hitched.
Of course to read the press, one wouldn’t know that gay marriages in Spain aren’t that popular. Perhaps that is because the media seems to focus on a few isolated high-profile cases - leaving the general impression for the casual reader that same-sex marriages are as numerous as pebbles on a seashore.
However, despite the reported popularity of same-sex marriages, according to some reports only around 400 couples have so far bothered to get married in Spain.
Despite opposition from the Church and pro-family groups, the government has continually turned a deaf ear to the needs of traditional families, in favor of fringe politics. The argument, according to the Socialists, is that the family has changed with the times, and so has marriage. In the end, legislation was approved not only allowing homosexual couples to marry, but to also adopt children.
Ironically, the Socialist government claims that although it pushed through legislation to benefit a small minority of the population - and in the process changed the definition of marriage - that this could in no way be construed as an attack on the traditional family. Indeed, the government claims that it is in truth pro-family.
So now, jump fast forward to last Friday.
That’s when the Spanish government announced a ministerial order that new births would have to be registered at the State Civil Registries in the Family Book under the headings of Parent (progenitor) A, and Parent (progenitor) B.
In other words, the terms “Father” and “Mother” were to be no longer used.