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MPs to plan for gay royals marrying same-sex partners and their children becoming king or queen

6:20 pm - 01/21/2013
MPs look set to debate a change in the law to allow royals in same-sex relationships to marry or be in civil partnerships and for their children to be recognised as the heir to the throne.

Parliament is due to pass legislation shortly to allow for the first child of Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge to rule as monarch regardless of whether they are a boy or a girl. Now Labour MP Paul Flynn is gathering support for an amendment that will extend the protection to include the eventuality that the child is gay or lesbian.

If accepted, the change to the law could lea to the reign of an openly gay or lesbian king or queen and for their same-sex partner to be recognised as consort. Any children born to the couple through artificial insemination or surrogacy would succeed to the throne so long as the couple are in a same-sex marriage or civil partnership. Current inheritance laws mean that if the couple had a child through adoption, they would not join the line of succession for the throne and it is not clear MPs would seek to change this.

In order to secure a full debate, the amendment needs to be accepted by John Bercow, the speaker of the House of Commons, almost certain as he is a strong supporter of LGBT rights. It is expected to have the support of many Labour, Liberal Democrats and most Conservatives that back David Cameron’s plans to introduce same-sex marriage.

The amendment would be to a law that as well as making inheritance gender neutral, will allow future royal babies to marry Catholics if they wish although the royal must remain in the Church of England.

The issue is likely to be a complex one as the ruling monarch is also the Supreme Governor of the Church of England. The Church is currently officially opposed to same-sex marriage.

hana_ginkawa 21st-Jan-2013 07:20 pm (UTC)
I think this will be a great thing, once it is passed.
suwiel 21st-Jan-2013 07:34 pm (UTC)
The fact that they're even vaguely thinking about this potential issue makes me happy.
moonshaz 22nd-Jan-2013 01:34 am (UTC)
I know, it's amazing really!
maclyn 21st-Jan-2013 08:36 pm (UTC)
Oh, such progress..
redstar826 21st-Jan-2013 08:38 pm (UTC)
I feel like there is a joke in here somewhere about queens :)
moonshaz 22nd-Jan-2013 01:34 am (UTC)
LOL'd irl. For realz.
thelilyqueen 21st-Jan-2013 10:02 pm (UTC)
With the gender-blind succession change now I think the bigger fight in the event of an out trans royal might be over how to address them, especially during the process of transition. The more transphobic might refuse to change their form of address until all the is had been dotted, or ever, but the royal would have their supporters too and I can't see the royal family just ignoring that kind of disrespect to one of its members even if they weren't all 100% for trans rights.
louisiane_fille 21st-Jan-2013 09:56 pm (UTC)
They are definitely taking a long term approach to this, which makes me happy. I'm glad to see that someone is thinking ahead.
wrestlingdog 21st-Jan-2013 11:40 pm (UTC)
Like someone else said, the fact that this is even being considered is awesome.
ebay313 21st-Jan-2013 11:52 pm (UTC)
Are these rights that people who are not royals already have there?
agentsculder 22nd-Jan-2013 12:32 am (UTC)
Not being a citizen of the UK I can't speak authoritatively, but I don't think there's any issue with gay people inheriting property, or gay people's children inheriting their parents' estates.

For the royals, the issue is a bit tricky, as the article mentions because the king/queen is also the titular head of the Church of England. I think the bigger issue here may end up being if the Church of England can accept the possibility of its leader being gay.
tabaqui 22nd-Jan-2013 12:05 am (UTC)
That's very cool.
ohmiya_sg 22nd-Jan-2013 01:52 am (UTC)
The issue is likely to be a complex one as the ruling monarch is also the Supreme Governor of the Church of England.

Oh please let the next ruler be gay. It would do my heart good, assuming this passes.
hinoema 22nd-Jan-2013 12:42 pm (UTC)
Charles? William? Hmm...
romp 22nd-Jan-2013 03:12 am (UTC)
I was surprised when I learned a few years ago that it wasn't all gender neutral. I guess I thought that must have been done in the 1970s or something. Better late than never, I suppose.
strandedinaber 22nd-Jan-2013 04:19 pm (UTC)
MPs are doing something that I agree with and think is an important thing to focus on. And not bowing to bigots.

I am confused by this.

However, yay :)
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