In an effort to be more inclusive and welcoming to the LGBTQ community, the French city of Marseille has removed mother and father from civil documents and replaced them with the terms “parent 1” and “parent 2”.
According to Deputy Mayor Jean-Marc Bonnaffous, the city is updating its civil status forms, such as administrative documents and marriage certificates, to become “more inclusive in accordance with the law.”
So far, the forms have been updated in selected districts, but Marseille hopes to be able to implement the new changes throughout the city as part of the initiative.
Along with the changes to the forms, about 300 civilian registrars are also trained in LGBTQ issues, which means that they will learn about sexual lifestyles and issues of gender identity.
Last November, Marlène Schiappa, the French delegate for citizenship, announced that civil status forms would be more inclusive for same-sex couples and would no longer automatically list a father and a mother.
As early as 2019, the French parliament voted to remove mother and father from school forms and replace them with “parent 1” and “parent 2”.