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Same-sex marriage possible for Dutch monarch Catharina-Amalia, PM . They say



Same-sex marriage was legalized in the Netherlands in 2001.


The prime minister said on Tuesday that in the country, which had previously legalized same-sex marriage, the Dutch Crown Princess has the right to marry a person of any gender without being granted the right to the throne.

Crown Princess Katharina-Amalia, 17, has not commented on the matter, and little is known about her personal life. The question arose after recently published books argued that the country’s rules exclude the possibility of a same-sex royal couple.

But Prime Minister Mark Root said times have changed since one of his predecessors last addressed the issue in the year 2000.

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

“Therefore the cabinet does not see that the heir to the throne or the king should abdicate if he wishes to marry a partner of the same sex.”

Same-sex marriage was legalized in the Netherlands in 2001.

Rutte said one issue remains unresolved: how same-sex marriage will affect the succession of the royal couple’s children. And there’s no point in trying to fix that now, he said.

“This is very much dependent on the facts and circumstances of the specific case alone, as you can look back on how family law can change over time,” he wrote.

Unlike regular marriages, royal marriages require the approval of Parliament. Members of the Dutch royal household have sometimes given up their place in the line of succession to marry someone without permission.

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