Brazilian Passports Will only Recognize "Mother" and "Father" as Family on Passports

These words were substituted in 2017 for "parent 1" and "parent 2" to cover different forms of families


President Jair Bolsonaro said on Thursday (11) that the federal government will change the passport application form to only acknowledge "mother" and "father."

At a breakfast attended by evangelical politicians, he stated that in the fields related to the applicant's family, the words "parent 1" and "parent 2" will be replaced by "father" and "mother."

In 2017, the Federal Police adopted the term "parent" to contemplate new family formations, such as those composed by homoaffective couples.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro (behind) listens as an evangelical pastor speaks before deputies vote a pension reform bill at the National Congress in Brasilia, on July 10, 2019. - After several delays and amendments, pro-government deputies are working to get the necessary approval to pass a pension reform bill to the Senate before the Congress's mid-year recess. (Photo by EVARISTO SA / AFP) - AFP

"Our Itamaraty Palace here, which is headed by Ambassador Ernesto Araújo, in our passport, we are putting an end to the story of genitor 1 and genitor 2, we are putting the terms father and mother," he said.

At the same meeting, the president said that in his candidature for re-election at the United Nations Human Rights Council, Brazil will adopt an agenda based on the "exclusion of gender mentions."

"We are disputing in the UN our candidacy for the re-election to the Council of Rights, and our agenda is based on the strengthening of the family structures and the exclusion of gender," Bolsonaro said.

Recently, Brazilian diplomats have received official instructions to reiterate "the Brazilian government's understanding that the word gender means biological sex." 

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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