FACT Report: August 26, 2015

Mom, Dad, and the Tennessee Supreme Court (August 26, 2015)

The Administrative Office of the Courts, that serves under the auspices of Tennessee’s Supreme Court, recently attempted to replace the words “Mother” and “Father” on a court form with “Parent 1” and “Parent 2”, sparking a firestorm.

The Court probably thought it was merely accommodating same-sex marriages, but the form did not have to be changed to do that. It allowed the parties to check whichever term they thought applied to them. So the change really just slighted those parents who are proud to wear the title mom and dad. But more importantly, it revealed that our Supreme Court might not appreciate the unique and complementary roles a mom and dad play in their child’s life. 

The same attitude on the US Supreme Court that gave us same-sex marriages appears to have infected Tennessee’s Supreme Court as well.

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