Members of the Dutch royal family can marry people of the same sex without losing the right to the throne

Members of the Dutch royal family can marry people of the same sex without losing the right to the throne
Members of the Dutch royal family can marry people of the same sex without losing the right to the throne

Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte said Tuesday that members of the Dutch royal house can marry a person of the same sex without losing the right to the throne, as it had been until now. In the Netherlands, marriages of members of the royal house must be approved by parliament with an official act: if the marriage is not approved (as in the case of a same-sex marriage, until now), members of the monarchy can marry whoever they have chosen, but losing the right to the throne.

Rutte said parliament would stop considering same-sex marriages among those that cannot be approved. He said this in a letter addressed to parliament, after the publication of a book entitled Amalia, duty calls, who spoke of Princess Catharina-Amalia, 17 (whose private life is unknown), and said among other things that the rule that prohibited members of the royal house from marrying persons of the same sex and maintaining their right to throne was dated, especially in light of the fact that same-sex marriage has been legal in the Netherlands since 2001 (the Netherlands was the first country in the world to legalize it).

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