Brits Poised To Join 18th Century, Eschew Primogeniture
The prohibition on British monarchs marrying Catholics, and the primacy of princes over princesses in regal succession would become relics of history under an endorsement from U.K. Prime Minister Gordon Brown on Friday.
Mr. Brown said he wants to change Britain's rules of succession, ending both the 321-year-old religious ban and the practice of primogeniture, in which the right of succession belongs to the eldest son.
England's 1688 Bill of Rights prohibits heirs to British throne from marrying "a papist," a rule designed to protect the power of the Church of England.
"I think in the 21st century, people do expect discrimination to be removed," Mr. Brown, who was traveling in Brazil Friday, said in an interview with the British Broadcasting Corp.
HT: The Corner
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