In the United Kingdom, Parliament will 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. Along with that legislation is a new amendment proposed by Labour MP Paul Flynn. The amendment 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 recognized 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.
John Bercow, the speaker of the House of Commons, would need accept the amendment in order to continue to full debate. This looks to be a certainty as Bercow is a strong ally to the lgbt community and a supporter of lgbt rights.
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