Royal Succession Law: What If A Lesbian Were Queen?
Well, a few members of Parliament are thinking ahead, given the world we live in and the Queen’s recent signing of the Commonwealth Charter. Her Majesty said in a broadcast on Monday (March 11th):
Our shared values of peace, democracy, development, justice and human rights – which are found in our new ‘Commonwealth Charter’ – mean that we place special emphasis on including everyone in this goal, especially those who are vulnerable.
There is controversy over whether the Queen approves gay marriage through her signing of the charter, which declares that the Commonwealth members are “implacably opposed to all forms of discrimination, whether rooted in gender, race, colour, creed, political belief or other grounds.”
Now to the interesting part. The Telegraph reports that an 18th century law requires that only an “heir to the body” may inherit the throne. It’s all about biology, people.
Conservative peer Lord True wants to know: What if a lesbian queen ruled, and used artificial insemination to conceive her heir?
“What happens if we have a lesbian queen in a same-sex marriage who conceives using an egg implanted with donor sperm?” He asked. “The law should be clear, but this is a question that has not been thought through in the Bill.”
Lord True’s suggestion was heard, but in the end, denied.
“The laws governing the succession require that the heir must be the natural-born child of a husband and wife,” Lord Wallace of Tankerness declared. “We do not believe that there is a need for this amendment.”