Move to end marital discrimination30 January 2013
Government legislation to allow a Catholic to marry the British monarch has passed through the House of Commons.
During a third reading in Parliament on Monday, the Succession to the Crown Bill was voted through by MPs and will now go to the House of Lords for further scrutiny.
There has been opposition to the planned legislation from Catholic MPs because it keeps in place the ban on a Catholic ascending to the throne and specifies that the children of a monarch must be brought up as Anglicans if they are to retain their place in the line of succession, given the sovereign's role as Supreme Governor of the Church of England.
An amendment tabled by Catholic MP Jacob Rees-Mogg, a Conservative, which sought to permit a non-Anglican monarch to hand over the ecclesiastical role to a regent, was rejected.
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