The governing agency that oversees documentation for the entirety of the Tennessee state court system has reportedly reversed a controversial decision to remove "mother" and "father" from an official form in exchange for the more general terms "parent 1" and "parent 2."
The Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts reportedly backtracked on its initial decision to amend the "permanent parenting plan" form — a document that details arrangements between parents in the event of divorce — after receiving feedback from the public, according to a statement given to conservative commentator Todd Starnes.
"After receiving feedback regarding a recent change made to the permanent parenting plan form, the AOC has reviewed the procedures and determined that, before making any changes to the form, the AOC should consult with the Domestic Relations Committee of the Tennessee Judicial Conference," read a statement from the office. "We have reverted to the previous form and the Committee has been notified."
A screen shot of the permanent parenting plan form
A representative for the Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts did not tell Starnes why the initial change was made and a request for comment have not yet been returned to TheBlaze.
"This is political correctness gone absolutely amock," said Kendra Armstrong, a family law attorney who brought the issue to Starnes attention. "It’s just ridiculous."
It is unclear if the Domestic Relations Committee of the Tennessee Judicial Conference will green light the initial change or if "mother" and "father" will continue to be the standard for the form, though a change might be expected in the wake of gay marriage legalization.
(H/T: Todd Starnes)