October 28th, 2011
07:27 AM ET

Girls given equal rights to British throne under law changes

Sons and daughters of British monarchs will have an equal right to the throne under changes to the United Kingdom's succession laws agreed to Friday, British Prime Minister David Cameron said.

Representatives of the Commonwealth of Nations approved the changes during a summit meeting, he said. Individual governments of the 16 Commonwealth countries which have the Queen as head of state also must agree to the changes for them to take effect.

The changes would mean a first-born girl has precedence over a younger brother. They also mean that a future British monarch would be allowed to marry a Catholic.

The changes would apply to any future children of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who married this year.

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  1. Andreas Moser

    What progress! We will still have an unelected head of state.
    Let's get rid of the monarchy: http://andreasmoser.wordpress.com/2011/08/22/king-and-peasants-discuss-monarchy/

    October 28, 2011 at 7:29 am | Report abuse |
  2. Truethat

    "Throw the dog another bone". Re-enforce their burn't brazziers with yet another token gesture. What next? Allowing her to abort her baby if his eyes are too close togther and his ears are like handlebars?

    October 28, 2011 at 7:38 am | Report abuse |
  3. rooney

    That's great! It's about time.

    October 28, 2011 at 7:47 am | Report abuse |
  4. gung hoe

    They should have learned from the u s thats when things went to poop

    October 28, 2011 at 8:10 am | Report abuse |
  5. leeintulsa

    This is awesome. For somebody.. No one i'll ever know..

    October 28, 2011 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
  6. Truethat

    @leeintulsa...you do know George W. Bush. But did you know that he is blood-related to the Queen, as is Colin Powell? Powell became a blood-relative of Bush's and the Queen of England when his grandmother was rayped by one of Bush's forefathers who ruled over Haiti as a Brittish officer. It's all on http://www.ancestry.com if ya wanna check it out.

    October 28, 2011 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
  7. Portland Tony

    MARRY A CATHOLIC? ...OUTRAGEOUS!

    October 28, 2011 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    @leeintulsa: lol.

    I think these changes are fine.
    It's extremely hypocritical to dent someone marriage in England, as the Church of England was founded by a brute of a monarch when he couldn't get his way after being denied an annulment so he could his latest flavor of the month.
    As for the succession rule, QEI was arguably one of the best monarchs *ever* to rule Great Britain.

    October 28, 2011 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  9. layminister herman

    @truththat I Am not trying to condone their actions. But we could spend our days gripeing what our forefathers did which gw was no more responsible than what you are for
    your grandchilds actions

    October 28, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Please do not get me Started on BushW.LOL

      October 28, 2011 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  10. Bimbo the Birthday Clown

    I live in one of those commonwealth countries that recognizes the British Monarch as Head of State. God, what an embarrassment.

    October 28, 2011 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Bimbo the Birthday Clown

      To clarfy, it's an embarrassment that we have a monarch at all. King or Queen, doesn't matter to me.

      October 28, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Scottish Mama

    Let's Hear it For the Girls.

    October 28, 2011 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  12. banasy©

    Bimbo:
    Lmao. There really should be limits as to what a sovereign state has to endure.

    @Mama:
    We will now be treated very soon to a lecture as to why women should be seen, not heard, and how women are the only ones who are fat, probably followed by the premise that men have every right to be little horndogs because they can release millions of swimmers while a woman can only release a few eggs per month (on a good month) completely ignoring biology 101.
    Taking said beliefs, somewhat erroneously, out of a book which entirely based on who's interpretation? Oh yeah, you guessed it.

    Let's hear it for the girls!

    October 28, 2011 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Okay I thought less was more? My mom a twin, who gets credit, gma or gpa? Swimmers are a dime a dozen. Eggs are especially eggstraordinary. Egg envy?

      October 28, 2011 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Truethat

      And now you are going to say that the founders of the liberal women's movement burned their brazziers so that babies could suckle. The old hags that began the "liberating" of women used to goto Mexico to deal with their unwanted pregnancies, or get out that trusty old coathanger. These hags are the ones who stood around and said nothing as their provider of 'meat' abused their children. These old hags wanted 'freedom' alright...the freedom to be as wanton and promiscuous as they dare be. The crabs barely slowed them down. Herpes put a dent in their action, and then HIV came along and really set them back. But by then abortion had been legalized, so it was sort of a trade-off.

      And of course their were men with their millions of sperm...but only if another woman wasn't available or if their toy batteries went dead.

      These old hags that founded the liberal women's movement are the foremother's of today's enabler. The stereotype is an liberal woman being dominated by an tradtional husband/significant other with several on the side. What? You thought that the divorce rate skyrocketing right after these old hags took charge was just a natural cycle?

      October 28, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      No they burned the eyelashes and high heels and red mag. because they did not want to be considered as s-e-s ual objects.
      Not everyone believes that abortion is bad.
      Maybe we have more divorce because we no longer have to put up with being the property and we can work and support ourselves. I have been married for 28 years philip, monogamously. Maybe you have not? All my friends are still married. My truth is different than yours. Maybe yours is skewed a bit on experience, commitmit and life in general. Not everyone who makes a commitment is married.

      October 28, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  13. chrissy

    lmao @ banasy and mama. and still pondering how WOMEN made the US go to poop??? Far as i know weve NEVER had a female president??

    October 28, 2011 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Birds do it, bees do it, and even fleas do it, thats the power of love. It must have been the right to vote? Now only if men could ask for directions and learn how to read maps? We are evolving, slowly but surely.

      October 28, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  14. Scottish Mama

    Girls Just wanna have fun! That's all we really want.

    October 28, 2011 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  15. chrissy

    lmfao @ mama u go girl.

    October 28, 2011 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      U sound good this morning and up-Beat? I guess nurse R is off today?

      October 28, 2011 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
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