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Politician bids to put gay kids in line to be British king or queen

Politician bids to put gay kids in line to be British king or queen

A UK member of parliament wants to change the law to allow the children of gay couples to be recognized as the heir to the throne.

Labour MP Paul Flynn is wishing to amend a bill which ensures the first child of Prince William and Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, will rule as monarch regardless of whether they are a boy or girl.

He is hoping to amend the legislation to allow their children to be a king or queen, and still be openly gay.

The 77-year-old MP for Newport West would also change the law to ensure any child of a gay royal, whether adopted or born by artificial insemination or surrogacy, would still be considered in line for the throne.

On his blog, Flynn said: ‘One of the new clauses I am proposing is to future proof the monarchy from charges of discrimination by giving same-sex partnerships the same validity as heterosexual ones in the rights of succession.

‘I am not optimistic that my amendments will be called, but I and a few others will be ready to contribute.’

He is also hopeful to gather enough support for the next monarch of the UK and the Commonwealth to be elected by either the House of Commons or by a popular vote.

If the amendment to the Royal Succession Bill goes through, any children born to a royal couple through artificial insemination or surrogacy will still be considered an heir to the throne as long as the couple is in a marriage or civil partnership.

The Royal Succession Bill will receive its first reading in parliament today (21 January).