Same Sex Passports

Saltshakers reports in their November 2011 journal that Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAT) is considering altering the passport application form for children. The proposal is to include an option to select the terms ‘Parent 1’ and ‘Parent 2’ – this would be added alongside the current terms ‘Mother’ and ‘Father’. Saltshakers says: “this follows a similar decision by the British government, which takes effect next month. The USA government went even further in December 2010 – totally removing the words ‘Mother and ‘Father’. They now only have ‘Parent 1’ and ‘Parent 2’!”

Action: Saltshakers asks people to write to PM Julia Gillard, Opposition Leader Tony Abbott, Foreign Affairs Minister Kevin Rudd and their federal MP and State Senators asking them to reject this DFAT proposal. Send letters to Parliament House, Canberra, ACT 2600.

POSTED 10 Nov 2011