From Fox News:
"The words 'mother' and 'father' will be removed from U.S. passport applications and replaced with gender neutral terminology, the State Department says.
'The words in the old form were ‘mother’ and ‘father,’” said Brenda Sprague, deputy assistant Secretary of State for Passport Services. 'They are now ‘parent one’ and ‘parent two.’....
One guess who is behind it:
"Gay rights groups are applauding the decision.
'Changing the term mother and father to the more global term of parent allows many different types of families to be able to go and apply for a passport for their child without feeling like the government doesn’t recognize their family,' said Jennifer Chrisler, executive director of Family Equality Council.
Her organization lobbied the government for several years to remove the words from passport applications."
h/t Lawrence Auster, who writes:
"When a supporter of homosexual 'marriage' smugly says to you, 'How does it hurt me, how does it hurt you, how does it hurt society, if two men or two women are allowed to marry each other and express their love for each other?', one answer you can give him is this: 'It will result in the official elimination of the concepts of mother and father. Does that bother you? Or are you fine with that?' If your interlocutor is brought up short by your answer, he will have to admit that homosexual marriage is not just about benignly including same-sex couples in the institution of marriage, but about effecting an extremely radical transformation of human society. And if he's not brought up short, then he is exposed as someone who supports that extremely radical transformation."
Emphasis in original.