The Netherlands: Heirs to the throne can also marry someone of the same sex

Mark RuttePhoto: AP Photo / Darko Bandic
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The Crown Princess of the Netherlands has the right to marry a person of the same sex without relinquishing first place in the line of succession, Prime Minister Mark Rutte stated.

17-year-old Crown Princess Catharina-Amalia has not made a public statement about the case, and little is known about her private life, the news agency Reuters writes. The question was raised as a result of recently published claims that Dutch law excludes royal same-sex marriages.

Mark Rutte says that times have changed since a Dutch prime minister last considered the case in 2000.

“The government believes that the heir can also marry a person of the same sex,” Rutte wrote in a letter to parliament on Tuesday.

“Therefore, it is not considered that an heir to the throne or the king himself must abdicate if he/she should wish to marry a partner of the same sex,” Rutte added.

In 2001, the Netherlands was the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage. 

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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