Passport application forms will now feature options for ‘Parent 1′ and ‘Parent 2′ in a move to placate homosexual couples with children.
Officials at the Identity and Passport Service said that they were working with homosexual lobby group Stonewall on the issue.
Norman Wells, director of the Family Education Trust, said: “Like the Labour administration before it, the Coalition seems to be in Stonewall’s grip.”
The change, which is due to take place within weeks, has been made following claims the original form was ‘discriminatory’ and failed to include same-sex couples looking after a child.
It has led to criticism that the official travel document is being turned into a ‘PC passport’.
Mr Wells said: “Fathers and mothers are not interchangeable but have quite distinct roles to play in the care and nurture of their children. To speak of ‘Parent 1′ and ‘Parent 2′ denigrates the place of both fathers and mothers.”
He added: “Much as the equality and diversity social engineers might wish it were otherwise, it still takes a father and a mother to produce a child.”
Two weeks ago the Home Office announced that it was considering the way gender is recorded in passports.
The Reuters news agency reported that a third gender category, ‘X’, would be introduced alongside ‘M’ and ‘F’.