Bil Browning

Marriage Equality for Britain's Royal Family

Filed By Bil Browning | October 28, 2011 11:10 AM | comments

Filed in: Living, Marriage Equality
Tags: England, marriage equality, right of succession, royal family, United Kingdom

Queen-Elizabeth.jpgInteresting story out of the United Kingdom this morning. It appears marriage equality has made it's way to the royal family - although in a way you might not expect.

For centuries the laws of succesion for the monarchy stated that the first born son would inherit the throne after the death of a King. Only when there were no male children could a woman inherit the crown - as when Queen Elizabeth's father, King George VI, died. After a meeting in Australia, the leaders of the 16 commonwealths where the Queen is the head of state unanimously approved the changes to the law of succession.

The ban on monarchs from marrying a catholic was also removed. The English monarch is the head of the Church of England - which split from the Catholic church during the reign of King Henry VIII. A catholic can not assume the throne, however.

Of course, there are detractors still - with valid reason, although it remind me of "You say civil unions; I say marriage."

But the campaign group Republic - which wants an elected head of state in Britain - said "nothing of substance" had been changed.

"The monarchy discriminates against every man, woman and child who isn't born into the Windsor family. To suggest that this has anything to do with equality is utterly absurd," spokesman Graham Smith said.


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Don Sherfick Don Sherfick | October 29, 2011 4:59 PM

"The monarchy discriminates against every man, woman and child who isn't born into the Windsor family. To suggest that this has anything to do with equality is utterly absurd,"

Well, I guess........but only with respect to those aspiring to be old queens in the first place.

Otherwise, who cares?