British Catholic schools remove ‘mother,’ ‘father’ from admission forms

MANCHESTER, England – The terms “mother” and “father” will be banned from Catholic schools’ admissions forms in England and Wales following a complaint the terms discriminated against gays and stepparents.

Children begin a fun run last March in the streets near St. Joseph School in Garden City, N.Y. (Credit: Gregory A. Shemitz/CNS.)/

The Office of the Schools Adjudicator, which settles disputes on behalf of the government, upheld the objection of a parent who wished to enroll a child in Holy Ghost Catholic Primary School in London.

The parent had been asked to fill in a form which left spaces only for the names of “mother/guardian” and “father/guardian” and argued that the terms discriminated against “separated, step- and gay parents.”

Source: Crux

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