Brighton Council may ban ‘Mr’ and ‘Mrs’
Thu, 25 Oct 2012
Brighton Council is thinking of banning the use of ‘Mr’ and ‘Mrs’ in official documents, all in the name of equality.
The barmy proposal has been suggested following a council survey into the lives of transsexual residents.
But Tory councillor Dawn Barrett said: “It’s completely ludicrous and shows a complete lack of respect.
“How are they going to address letters properly? This is just political correctness gone too far.”
The idea is backed by deputy leader of the council, Phelim MacCafferty, who thinks it is “useless” to call people Mr or Mrs.
Cllr MacCafferty said: “Trans people aren’t necessarily male or female and sometimes they don’t want to be defined by their gender.
“Putting Mr and Mrs on a form is completely useless.”
The proposal to ban the terms will be presented to the council in December.
It was recently announced that the Socialist Government in France is planning to scrap the words ‘mother’ and ‘father’ when it introduces gay marriage.
And the UK Government, which is also planning to redefine marriage, has admitted that the words ‘husband’ and ‘wife’ will have to disappear from official documents.