British Gov’t Considers Letting Gay Royals Marry, Inherit Throne

kate and williamAs equal marriage moves ahead in Great Britain, members of Parliament are considering how the change in the law would affect the royal family. Labour MP Paul Flynn is rallying for legislation that would allow royals in same-sex relationships to marry (or be in civil partnerships) and for their children to become heirs to the throne.

So if William and Kate’s unborn prince is actually a queen, he’d still be poised to carry on the Windsor line.

Pink News reports:

If accepted, the change to the law could lead 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 sticky wicket in this whole business is that the king or queen of England is also the titular head of the Church of England, which officially opposed same-sex marriage. One positive omen is that the rules of succession have already been amended recently to allow female children to inherit the throne.