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MP bid to allow gay royal rule.

Byline: Nigel Nelson POLITICAL EDITOR

A LABOUR MP wants to change the law of royal succession so the monarch can have a gay partner.

Newport West's Paul Flynn says the change is needed in case Prince William's son or daughter falls in love with someone of the same sex.

So he has tabled an amendment to Deputy PM Nick Clegg's Succession to the Crown Bill now going through Parliament.

This will allow William and Kate's first child to inherit the throne if she is a girl, even if younger brothers follow her. It will also mean the heir to the throne can marry a Catholic.

Mr Flynn said: "I propose to future-proof the monarchy from charges of discrimination by giving same-sex and heterosexual partnerships the same validity in succession rights." That would mean a gay or lesbian sovereign could reign with their partner. And a child conceived by artificial insemination or surrogacy could rule us.

Historians say England has had four gay monarchs: William Rufus (1087-1100), Richard the Lionheart, (1189-1199), Edward II, (1307-1327) and James I (1603-1625).
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Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Jan 27, 2013
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