The Cabinet “does not see that the heir to the throne … should abdicate if he wants to marry a same-sex partner,” the prime minister said.
In a country that first legalized gay marriage, the Dutch crown princess has the right to marry someone of any gender without relinquishing her right to the throne, the prime minister said on Tuesday.
Crown Princess Catharina-Amalia, 17, has not yet commented on the matter, and little is known about her private life. The question comes after recently published books argued that the country’s rules exclude the possibility of same-sex royal couples.
But Prime Minister Mark Rutte said times had changed since one of his predecessors last addressed the issue in 2000.
“The government believes that heirs can also marry people of the same sex,” Rutte wrote in his letter to parliament.
“The Cabinet therefore does not see that the heir to the throne or the King should abdicate if he wants to marry a same-sex partner.”
Same-sex marriage was legalized in the Netherlands in 2001.
Rutte said that one issue remained unresolved: how gay marriage would affect the future succession of the royal couple’s children. And it doesn’t make sense to try to decide that now, he said.
“It really depends on the facts and circumstances of the particular case, as you can see by looking back at how family law can change over time,” he wrote.
Unlike ordinary marriages, royal weddings require parliamentary approval.
Members of the Dutch royal family sometimes give up their place in the line of succession to marry someone without permission