The US State Department has announced it will change some of its terminology on passport applications reflecting gender neutrality. The words "mother" and "father" are being removed from passport applications and replaced with terms "parent one" and parent two". This is being done, according to the State Department "to provide a gender neutral description of a child's parents and in recognition of different types of families".
An article in the New American regarding this is available at:
For those who have used passports to obtain genealogical information may find this change of interest. New passport applications become available on February 1, 2011.
Thank you to the JewishGenners who brought this to my attention.
Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee