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Queen Elizabeth II 'does not approve of same-sex marriage'

But are these the Queen's real private thoughts on same-sex marriage?

Queen Elizabeth II 'does not approve of same-sex marriage'
The Queen does not reportedly approve of same-sex marriage

The Queen does not approve of same-sex marriage, according to a new report.

Elizabeth II has apparently said that while she is in favor of civil partnerships, her ‘deep-rooted Christian faith’ means she is personally opposed to legislation she signed her name to which allows same-sex couples to marry.

The 89-year-old monarch expressed her discomfort with marriage equality with a close friend, according to the Daily Mail, saying she was powerless to intervene and deny Royal Assent.

‘I said to her, couldn’t she do something about it,’ the friend told the Mail, ‘And she replied: “I can’t. I can only advise and warn.”‘

The friend added: ‘It was the “marriage” thing that she thought was wrong, because marriage ought to be sacrosanct between a man and a woman.’

Same-sex couples in England and Wales were allowed to marry to March 2014, with Scotland following on New Year’s Eve of the same year. Marriage equality is still not the law of the land in Northern Ireland.

This was one of the first same-sex marriages in England and Wales

This was one of the first same-sex marriages in England and Wales

The Queen is not allowed to comment on public matters and is considered politically neutral.

However, this is not the first time a report has emerged about her private thoughts on same-sex marriage.

Back in February of 2015, gay broadcaster Stephen Fry claimed she thinks it’s ‘absolutely wonderful’ that gay couples can get married.

Speaking on the Jonathan Ross show, he said: ‘When the Queen signed the Royal Assent for the equal marriages act, allowing gay people to marry for the first time, she put it down and said “Well, who’d have thought 62 years ago when I came to the throne, I’d be signing something like this? Isn’t it wonderful?”’

Fry said he was not sure if the story was true – but said it was ‘well founded.’

And in 2014, she broke her long silence on gay issues when she praised Switchboard – the LGBT+ helpline’s 40 year anniversary in 2014. Her progeny, like Prince Harry, have been far more vocal.

Buckingham Palace has declined to comment.

A spokesperson for the Queen said: ‘We do not comment on private conversations.’


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HAVE YOUR SAY

    I doubt that Stephen Fry would lie about the queen on national television.

    Sad old bat: “Age without wisdom is tragedy.” QE2 claims deep Christian faith, but her vast wealth underscores hypocrisy and greed.

    Dan Smith says:

    And I don’t approve of monarchs. Checkmate.

    C’mon you ole queener, get with the program !!

    Gay men don’t believe in outdated institutions like monarchy. Not since the real Queen of England was killed in a car crash in Paris.

    Oh please, not the old lady Di crap. I wished her no ill but what we saw when she died was mass hysteria. Queen of England? I think not. The British press and most of the world press did not really care till she died and then it went crazy as fek. Her death sold papers, filled news channels and sold millions of flowers. The sooner we get rid of all royal family’s the better. The fascination and admiration of [many] white gay men to royalty is embarrassing. The rest of the LBT community have [mostly] more sense. Yes I do know I’m generalizing but what are we gonna do?

    Speak for yourself. If she had been wearing a seat belt she would have survived. The Queen is Top Bird.

    Jess Lopez says:

    Thankfully, UK is not anymore under absolute monarchy.

    The queen has a friend? :/

    I care not a jot what old Lizzy or any of her scrounging family think about anything. They are descended from mass murderers and thieves. Why would anyone be impressed by someone just because of the family they were born into? Despite what you might read in the press and see on the BBC, I and many millions of British people are not happy being a “subject”

    You should never believe everything you read in the newspapers and you never believe ANYTHING you read in the Daily Mail. It is a paper for bigots. HM The Queen would never divulge how she feels about the legislation she has to sign as Head of State, least of all to a blabbermouth who might run off to the Press. As the second anniversary of the Gay Marrage legislation in England and Wales, this a mischievous piece of ‘news’ which has no basis in fact. I have no doubt that The Queen would be in favour of equality for ALL her subjects.

    Drew Jackson says:

    According to the Daily Mail? Then I’m under no obligation to believe this. If the Daily Mail said the sky is blue I’d want to know their source.

    THE ONLY THING YOU CAN BELIEVE IN THE DAILY MAIL IS THE DATE

    Gerry Fisher says:

    The Greatest Generation isn’t so great on LGBT issues. I look forward to civilzation moving past that generation.

    Who knows if this “friend” of hers is being fully truthful. You can tell by her statement that she herself is not for marriage equality and she tried to push the Queen into opposing it. She may have put words in the Queens mouth or the Queen could have, as we ofter do with friends, told her what she wanted to hear.

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