Yes, this is the latest faux freakout from the wingnuts. The Department of Education last week announced a change to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form that will more accurately reflect the many different types of families that exist in this country.
Today the U.S. Department of Education announced that beginning with the 2014-2015 federal student aid form, the Department will—for the first time—collect income and other information from a dependent student’s legal parents regardless of the parents’ marital status or gender, if those parents live together.
The 2014-2015 Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, will provide a new option for dependent applicants to describe their parents’ marital status as “unmarried and both parents living together.” Additionally, where appropriate, the new FAFSA form will also use terms like “Parent 1 (father/mother/stepparent)” and “Parent 2 (father/mother/stepparent)” instead of gender-specific terms like “mother” and “father.”
“All students should be able to apply for federal student aid within a system that incorporates their unique family dynamics,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “These changes will allow us to more precisely calculate federal student aid eligibility based on what a student’s whole family is able to contribute and ensure taxpayer dollars are better targeted toward those students who have the most need, as well as provide an inclusive form that reflects the diversity of American families.”
Seems perfectly reasonable, of course — but not to those who are inherently unreasonable, like Cathy Ruse of the Family Research Council. She’s hopping mad and sees this, bizarrely, as an attempt to deny her motherhood:
As a mother, I find that deeply offensive.
I carried my children for 9 months in my womb, I endured the pain (and joy) of birth, I nursed them for many months after they were born, and every morning they jump into my bed screaming, “Mommy!”
But the federal government says I’m Mommy no more…
Mr. President, I dare you to tell my daughters I’m not their mother.
Yes, of course. This is just the next step toward tyranny. Next week they’ll announce that any child who refers to their parents as mommy and daddy will be rounded up and sent to forced indoctrination camps modeled after A Clockwork Orange. Seriously, lady, get a grip.