France May Ban Words 'Mother,' 'Father' in Legal Records They'd say 'parents' in nod to gay rights By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted Sep 25, 2012 5:26 PM CDT 87 comments Comments In this file photo, a same-sex couple hold hands during their wedding ceremony at City Hall in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Darryl Bush, File) (Newser) – France is not only poised to make gay marriage legal, it plans to expunge the words "mother" and "father" from all legal documents, reports the Telegraph. The words would be replaced by "parents" in all instances so as not to discriminate against same-sex couples. Catholic groups are enraged, but President Francois Hollande plans to present a draft law to his Cabinet next month. It will also allow gay couples to adopt. "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 justice minister asks a Catholic paper.