Same-sex marriages are accepted within the Dutch royal family, without such a union giving up the right to the throne, said the Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Mark Rutte. The head of government spoke while a book, Amalia, Duty Calls, recently published, addressed the issue.
Author Peter Rehwinkel argues in his book that the country’s ancient laws rule out the possibility of having a gay couple on the throne. Princess Catharina-Amalia, 17 years old and heiress to King Willem-Alexander, is at the heart of this work written by the former member of the Dutch House of Representatives and Senate. Little is known about Catharina-Amalia’s private life. Peter Rehwinkel’s book revolves around a main axis. The author wonders: what does it mean to come of age for a crown princess.
A gay royal couple would affect the estate?
To close the debate on the possibility of same-sex marriage of a member of the royal family, the Prime Minister addressed a letter to Parliament. The deputies had expressed themselves in 2001 on this subject, responding favorably to the legalization of marriage for all. “The government considers that the heir can also marry a person of the same sex”, writes Mark Rutte.
In his letter, the head of government explains that things have changed since the legalization of same-sex marriage in 2001. “The cabinet does not see why a descendant or a ruler should abdicate if he or she wishes to marry a person of the same sex ”, he writes. Nonetheless, questions persist. The government is questioning whether a same-sex marriage would affect the subsequent succession of the royal couple’s children. Mark Rutte concludes his letter by stating that the answer to this question does not currently make sense, News Sky reports.
In the Netherlands, royal weddings must be approved by Parliament. In the past, members have waived their right to the throne in order to marry the person they wanted.
Source: Slate.fr by www.slate.fr.
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