The Legislative Assembly of Ontario is quickly pushing a bill that would make it so that children could have up to four legal parents and would also give biological fathers the right to absolve themselves from being listed on a child’s birth certificate just by signing a waiver, critics are warning.
Bill 28, the LGBT All Families Are Equal Act, was introduced on Sept. 29 and seeks to give non-biological parents the right to be listed on a child’s birth records as a “parent” without having to spend thousands on adoption and legal fees to be legally recognized as legal guardians.
As the bill is supported by Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and has quickly advanced to the Standing Committee on Social Policy, opponents argue that the legislation “turns on its head the former understanding of ‘family,’ which consisted of individuals united by marriage, blood and adoption.”
In order to accommodate for same-sex couples and the changing definition of marriage, the bill lists a number of circumstances when the terms “mother” and “father” should be replaced with terms like “birth parent” and “parent.”
Charles McVety, the president of Canada Christian College, said in an interview with the Toronto Sun that the bill removes the word “mother” 17 times, while removing the word “father” 23 times.
“The premier is re-engineering the family,” McVety said. “The Act is amended by striking out the ‘mother’ and substituting it with ‘birth parent’ and ‘father’ with the word ‘parent.'”
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