Virginia Republican’s ‘Parental Title Protection Act’ (H.R. 635)

“Symbolism is important and this legislation seeks to preserve the sacred relationship mothers and fathers share with their children.  Referring to parents as ‘Parent 1’ or ‘Parent 2’ on official government documentation is a bureaucratic attempt to redefine traditional parent roles.  These subtle, but nonetheless significant, changes undermine the traditional American family relationships that have served as the bedrock of our nation since its inception.” —Randy Forbes (Press Release: Forbes Introduces Bill to Preserve Integrity of Parent Relationships)

H.R. 635 (112th Congress, 2011-2012)

Consular Report of Birth Abroad Certificate Improvements
U.S. Department of State
“The Department of State is pleased to announce the introduction of a redesigned Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA). The CRBA is an official record confirming that a child born overseas to a U.S. citizen parent acquired U.S. citizenship at birth. The redesigned document has state-of-the-art security features that make it extremely resistant to alterations or forgery.
CRBAs have been printed at U.S. Embassies and Consulates around the world since their introduction in 1919. Effective January 3, 2011, CRBAs will be printed at our passport facilities in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and New Orleans, Louisiana. Centralizing production and eliminating the distribution of controlled blank form stock throughout the world ensures improved uniform quality and lessens the threat of fraud.
Applications for U.S. passports and the redesigned CRBA will also use the title of ‘parent’ as opposed to ‘mother’ and ‘father.’ These improvements are being made to provide a gender neutral description of a child’s parents and in recognition of different types of families.”

  • All the fuss is about that last bit, but there’s more to it… Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) are actually kind of the point.  There’s no need to make some grand statement – Guess what?!  Now with slots for GAYS! – because it’s simply a slot for people to fill out.  It might have even happened because government people were tired of getting these forms with confused writing and checks and Xs and ‘sorry I meant this not that’ all over that section of the form given that not everyone can just fill in blanks for ‘mother’ and father’ for any number of reasons.

Randy Forbes Protects Families From Having Two Parents… No, Wait…
Irregular Times
Preview: “Republican U.S. Representative Randy Forbes has been sent to Washington D.C. to take care of the most urgent problems that Americans face. With that in mind, Forbes has introduced legislation that would create a federal government mandate that parents be called ‘mother’ and ‘father’.”

  • Beautifully said.  Really, is this really your top concern?  With all the problems citizens across this nation face every single?  The best you’ve got is revisions to slots describing parents on forms?  Why don’t you go FIX something?

Forbes Introduces Bill to Preserve Integrity of Parent Relationships
Congressman J. Randy Forbes
Preview: “Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04) today announced that he has introduced legislation to preserve the integrity and uniqueness of the relationships between mothers, fathers, and their children.  The Parental Title Protection Act, H.R. 635, would require all Federal agencies, contractors, and government-sponsored enterprises to use the words ‘mother’ and ‘father’ when describing parents in all official documents and forms.”

  • Honestly, it’s still lost on me why ‘non-traditional’ families are such a ‘threat’ to ‘traditional’ families. If you want to ‘to preserve the integrity and uniqueness of the relationships between mothers, fathers, and their children,’ go right ahead.  But why does that mean trying to make that one model the only type of family that can legally exist (which it seems is the true goal of this, DOMA, etc.)?
  • I happen to have a ‘mother’ and a ‘father.’  However, I have friends who have several combinations of a mother, father, step-mother, and step-father.  I have friends with two mothers, two fathers.  Without a living mother or father.  Raised by their grandmother, adoptive parents, Godparents, friends, siblings, cousins, aunts, uncles… The list goes on.  This isn’t just about the inclusion of GAY families; it is more inclusive of several other types of families, too (unless you have a problem with them, too?).

The Parental Title Protection Act
CatholicMaine
Preview: “Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, said in a statement that the removal of motherhood and fatherhood from the government document took ‘political correctness to a whole new level.’  ‘This is clearly designed to advance the causes of same-sex ‘marriage’ and homosexual parenting without statutory authority, and violates the spirit if not the letter of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA),’ Perkins said. ‘But it does so at the expense of fundamental biological reality — and social reality as well.'”

  • Since when is it simply ‘politically correct’ to represent everyone? Here’s the thing – the gay is here to stay.  Gay families have existed for quite a long time, and even if this country remains behind the curve and refuses to legalize marriage equality, people will love who they’ll love and raise children together.  Unless you’re going to outlaw homosexuality, you’re not furthering anything but an acceptance of something that already exists.
  • ‘homosexual parenting without statutory authority’ – READ: gay couples should be outlawed from having children at all (which would actually violate existing laws, not to mention fundamental human rights).
  • As far as ‘violating the spirit of DOMA,’ how about violating human rights?  This nation does a lot of talk about its respect for freedom and equality and rights, but we’re as guilty of countless human rights violations as those we point the finger at.
  • Lastly, it is very much a reality that not all parents are biological.  That’s not even a ‘gay agenda.’  What about blended families?  Step-parents?  Adoptive families?  Orphans?  ‘Parent’ has meant something other than biology for many people for a long time.

Virginia Republican Introduces Bill Attacking LGBT Families
HRC Back Story
Preview: “Forbes’ bill ignores the reality of millions of children being raised by same-sex couples in this country.  Those children deserve the same recognition and protection from the federal government that other American families enjoy.  Rep. Forbes is right that symbolism is important – his bill is emblematic of a brand of Republicans callously willing, time after time, to attack LGBT people and their children in order to score cheap political points.”

  • Yeah, what about the kids that already exist in these families?  Too bad for them, they need to tell their gay parents to split up and find someone of the opposite sex so the kid can fill out their passport form?  Come on.

Randy Forbes on Civil Rights
On The Issues
Voted NO on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation.
Voted YES on Constitutionally defining marriage as one-man-one-woman.
Voted YES on Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage.
Rated 8% by the ACLU, indicating an anti-civil rights voting record.
Rated 0% by the HRC, indicating an anti-gay-rights stance.
Rated 31% by the NAACP, indicating an anti-affirmative-action stance.
Amend Constitution to define traditional marriage.

  • So who DOESN’T this guy hate?  Rich, white, moneyed, straight, privileged…?  Really now, who’s anti-CIVIL RIGHTS?  That’s being against your OWN rights… that’s just not even a good idea.  Certainly an audacious stance to take.

Virginia Republican Congressman Randy Forbes Introduces Bill Against Lesbian and Gay Families (SheWired)

Forbes Introduces Bill to Preserve Integrity of Parent Relationships (Standard Newswire)

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