Passport applications to be more inclusive

The State Department announced updates to passport application forms that will include a “Parent 1-Parent 2” option, a move that positively recognizes the families of children raised by same-sex parents.

Rea Carey, executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, said:

Changes to the passport application that include LGBT families are a positive step forward for the government to help end federal policies that needlessly treat LGBT people and their families differently. The government is finally recognizing the reality that many children are being raised by same-sex parents. This is just one form, but there are hundreds of government forms that need to be changed to reflect the realities of the modern family. The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force commends the hard work of our partners in the New Beginning Initiative at the Family Equality Council for helping the government make this important change.