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Itsy Bitsy Baby Steps

Hey, look at this: The UK has revised its laws such that firstborn girls can now inherit the throne!

I also note, in that same article, that Denmark did this in 1953, and Sweden did it in 1980. Norway seems to have made the change around the same time.

Um . . . welcome to the twentieth century, UK! Better late than never?

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jay_of_lasgalen
Oct. 28th, 2011 06:28 pm (UTC)
It's long overdue!

The changes to the law also state that the heir to the Throne can now marry a Catholic (previously banned, but a Jew or Muslim was OK ...)

I was listening to this on the news this afternoon, and thought 'It's taken until 2011 to realise this??'
frenchpony
Oct. 28th, 2011 06:33 pm (UTC)
I was listening to this on the news this afternoon, and thought 'It's taken until 2011 to realise this??'

Well, this is the same institution that I've been told considered it important that Prince Charles marry a virgin. In 1981.

There's tradition, and then there's hidebound. Had the heir to the throne married a Jew, it should have been Hodel or Chava! (Or even Perchik. I always kind of liked Perchik.)
jay_of_lasgalen
Oct. 28th, 2011 06:49 pm (UTC)
Perchik would have been OK. Jewish, and male, but at least the UK is ahead of the US on gay marriage!
frenchpony
Oct. 29th, 2011 03:07 am (UTC)
Part of the US, anyway.

Perchik is awesome. Possibly a bit too much of a political radical for the Royals, but definitely fun.
meggins
Oct. 29th, 2011 02:58 am (UTC)
I'm trying to care, but...
frenchpony
Oct. 29th, 2011 03:11 am (UTC)
Considering that the other major news story about women that I read today was an article in the Forward talking about how the ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Jerusalem are actively trying to erase women from view by restricting them to the back of the bus (Brooklyn), posting signs urging them to step aside when men approach on the sidewalk (also Brooklyn), and removing their images from things like PSAs and advertisements for a women's running race (Jerusalem, and WTF to that last one) . . . well, I'll take what I can get.
perelleth
Oct. 29th, 2011 09:01 am (UTC)
WTF?????
Also, to shame, Spain still maintains the Salic law. :-(
frenchpony
Oct. 29th, 2011 12:29 pm (UTC)
Fortunately, a major difference between Brooklyn and Jerusalem is that, when public bus inequalities are discovered in Brooklyn, the city moves to stamp it out. Jerusalem just kind of sighs and gets that much more conservative.
perelleth
Oct. 30th, 2011 02:17 am (UTC)
It's shocking but also its helpful in the sense that it reminds us that things re not as widespread as we love to think. The point is, as you wisely note, how fast instituttionality acts or reacts.Still it surpirsed me. Jerusalem must be an intesrting nest of contraditions. It already was when I last was there, ten years ago, and things haven't got any simpler since then!
frenchpony
Oct. 30th, 2011 02:18 am (UTC)
My sense is that Jerusalem is moving in the direction of being more contradictory rather than less. It's certainly a fascinating place. I'd love a chance to go back and stay longer.
telperion1
Oct. 30th, 2011 02:03 am (UTC)
I have to hope this was in the category of "we just never thought to change it before." Royal politics can be so weird.
frenchpony
Oct. 30th, 2011 02:19 am (UTC)
I have always maintained that the Royal Family's primary function in life was entertainment. Because, boy howdy are they entertaining. In a trainwreck sort of way sometimes, but still.
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