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February 10 2013

After 300 years, British monarchs can once again marry Catholics


Legislation currently being debated in Parliament would reverse a 16th century ban on the king or queen marrying a Catholic and end discrimination against female heirs.

A group of centuries old laws preventing the British monarch from marrying a Catholic are set to be abolished under major constitutional changes likely to be passed in Parliament later this year.

Succession rules that discriminate against female heirs to the throne are also slated for revision. That means the first child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge due this summer will become monarch regardless of sex.

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