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France set to ban the words 'mother' and 'father' from official documents

France is set to ban the words 'mother' and 'father' from all official documents as part of the plan to legalize gay marriage.

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France is set to ban the words 'mother' and 'father' from all official documents as part of the plan to legalize gay marriage. 

According to the Telegraph, under the law, marriage would no longer be defined as between one man and one woman. The draft states, "marriage is a union of two people, of different or the same gender." The law would also change French civil code for "mother" and "father" to simply, "parents." In addition to wording change, the law would also give equal adoption rights to homosexual and heterosexual couples. 

This will be the first update to the law since civil unions were legalized in 1999, according to Reuters. 

Justice Minister Christiane Taubira told France's Catholic newspaper La Croix, "Who is to say that a heterosexual couple will bring a child up better than a homosexual couple, that they will guarantee the best conditions for the child's development?"

The move towards equality has incensed members of the catholic church. In a radio interview, Cardinal Philippe Barbarin told followers that if they legalized gay marriage, that  incest and polygamy could potentially follow.

"Gay marriage would herald a complete breakdown in society. This could have innumerable consequences. Afterward they will want to create couples with three or four members. And after that, perhaps one day the taboo of incest will fall." 

The law will be presented to President Francois Hollande's cabinet for approval on Oct. 31, according to Reuters

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