AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – In the first country to legalize same-sex marriage, the crown princess of the Netherlands has the right to marry a person of any gender without giving up her right to the throne, the prime minister said on Tuesday.
Crown Princess Catharina-Amalia, 17, made no comment on the matter, and little is known about her personal life. The issue arose after recently published books argued that the country’s rules exclude the possibility of a real same-sex couple.
But Prime Minister Mark Rutte said times have changed since his predecessors last tackled the issue in 2000.
“The government believes that the heiress can also marry a person of the same sex,” Rutte wrote in a letter to Parliament.
“The cabinet therefore does not believe that an heir to the king’s throne should abdicate if he/she wanted to marry a same-sex partner.”
Same-sex marriage was legalized in the Netherlands in 2001.
(Reporting by Toby Sterling)
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