Four in five Brits would be happy for royal baby to grow up gay

Child of Prince William and Duchess of Cambridge will be brought up in a country where same-sex marriage is legal

Four in five Brits would be happy for royal baby to grow up gay
23 July 2013

Four in five Brits would be comfortable for the first child of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge to grow up gay.

While we do not even know the name of the child, it does not stop the world wondering what the royal baby will be like.

The baby was born at 4.24pm on Monday weighing 8lb 6oz (3.798kg), with Prince William at his wife’s bedside at St Mary’s Hospital in London.

In a YouGov poll for gay rights charity Stonewall surveying 2,074 adults, they found 83% of people in Britain would be ‘very comfortable’, ‘comfortable’, or ‘neutral’ if the baby grew up to be gay or bisexual.

The charity did not ask how British people would feel if the baby was transgender or intersex, but activists say it is a very real possibility.

‘Personally, I think it’s too early to impose gender roles on the baby,’ one said on Twitter.

‘It’s a bit premature to be calling the royal baby a “boy”, right? Geez, let the kid develop a gender identity first,’ another added.

Of course if the baby does grow up to be the British monarchy’s first openly gay prince then it raises certain questions about heirs.

When former Tory chairman Norman Tebbit was arguing against same-sex marriage, he said it could lead to ‘lesbian queens’ getting ‘artificially inseminated’.

The UK government changed the rules to allow daughters and sons equal right to become a king or queen, the next in line to the throne decided by who is born first. However, adopted children would not be allowed to be in line for the throne.

But despite this, the royal baby was born into a country where equal marriage was the law.

He was born just a few days after his great-grandmother signed the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act, giving gay couples the right to marry in England and Wales.

Ben Summerskill, chief executive of Stonewall, said: ‘Millions of people will be celebrating today’s news, just as millions last week celebrated the news of equal marriage in England and Wales.

‘Happily, since last week every child born in Britain is born into a society where gay people are now equal in law.’



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