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What if the Royal Baby is Gay?

What if the Royal Baby is Gay?

This is a question that lawmakers in Britain are considering as an opportunity comes before the House of Commons to allow a gay monarch to have their same-sex partner recognized and their children given the right to ascendancy.

MPs are preparing to take up a wider law that would change the rules of ascendancy to allow the child of Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, to take the throne whether the child is a boy or a girl. Current law would only confer a claim to the throne if the child were male.

Labour MP Paul Flinn has authored a gay-inclusive amendment, billing it as just another consideration for a change in ascendancy laws.

Flynn told Politics.co.uk, “The rules of success aren’t written by God on tablets of stone. They are changeable. Parliament will change them. If it can change one, it can change the others.”

As proposed, the amendment would officially recognize the validity of  a civil partnership or same-sex marriage.

Crucially, and germane to the proposed law change, the amendment would then allow for the recognition for a child born to the couple through artificial insemination. Obviously the child would not share the complete history of its parents’ bloodline, so this a massive departure from tradition, which has demanded a strict observance in this regard.

However, as it currently stands, there are no moves to change the law to allow for recognition of an adopted child.

The amendment is not yet scheduled for debate as it must first be accepted by the speaker of the House of Commons — though this seems assured as the current Speaker, John Bercow, is an outspoken LGBT rights supporter.

What is perhaps doubly interesting about this amendment is that a change to allow for recognition of a same-sex consort poses a unique issue for the Church of England. This is because the British monarch is considered the Supreme Governor of the Church of England.

The Church of England has, often times bitterly, opposed a change to allow for same-sex marriage.

Were the amendment to be adopted, the Church of England would find itself facing the potential of a Supreme Governor of the Church who was in a same-sex marriage and, potentially, raising a child.

One can expect that if the amendment is allowed a House of Commons debate, religious protestation will be loud and, perhaps, even vitriolic. There is also the concern that this might have a detrimental impact on the wider marriage equality push, though the Conservative-led coalition government’s commitment to the marriage equality law it has championed has, to date, remained firm.

Interestingly, Flynn is also pushing for a referendum on the monarchy when Queen Elizabeth II dies, suggesting that as a matter of consideration the public should be given the choice of who, if anyone, should inherit the so-called royal legacy.

The royal baby is expected in July, though the exact due date has been withheld from the press.

 

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6:27AM PDT on Jun 10, 2013

I'm sure if their baby is gay they will love their baby unconditionally.

1:51PM PDT on May 7, 2013

interesting...

10:30AM PST on Feb 5, 2013

This is not an LGBT issue. Monarchy should be dismissed anywhere it exists. It's a feudal remain that have nothing to do with modern life. Those who want to preserve monarchy can pay for it themselves.

8:01AM PST on Feb 1, 2013

It's nobody's business....

5:47AM PST on Feb 1, 2013

Gay or not ...he or she will still rule when the time comes.

5:11AM PST on Feb 1, 2013

Doesn't Kate and Wills have enough on their plate than to worry about something that will probably never happen and if it does it will be handled by the future King of England with commonsense and dignity!!! I wish our Royals every happiness.

9:08PM PST on Jan 31, 2013

WTF??? The baby is not here yet and people are already asking if he or she is going to be gay or straight??? Hell, we don't even know the gender of the baby. Can't we just let Prince William and Kate enjoy the pregnancy before their baby comes into the world???

11:45PM PST on Jan 30, 2013

As Helen F says .. who cares?

11:45AM PST on Jan 29, 2013

Who cares?

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