Monday, October 31, 2011
British Royal Line of Succession Changes
Queen Elizabeth II reportedly is excited for the change, as are many. There are a few who aren't, though, such as the anti-monarchy group Republic. After all, no one else gets a chance, right? Graham Smith, Republic campaign manager, stated, "It is crass to suggest that any tinkering with the monarchy is an issue of equality — it makes a laughing stock of Britain. The monarchy is founded on discrimination and elitism. It has no place in a debate over equality of opportunity." I'm sure Chumbawumba would agree.
Though the new amendment allows the first-born female as an heir apparent, the crown does still not permit the heir apparent to be a Catholic, but they are permitted to marry a Catholic. Seriously. I get that England hasn't had a great history with Catholicism, but come on. I guess religious tolerance is always the last thing to be had.
But here's to another step in gender equality in the Western World!