Following Rehwinkel’s book, VVD MPs Rudmer Heerema and Hatte van der Woude put parliamentary questions to outgoing Prime Minister Rutte.
Not getting married
The government position from 2000 still applies today: an heir to the throne should give up the throne if he wants to marry a partner of the same sex.
It does not mean that an heir to the throne cannot fall for someone of the same sex. They just shouldn’t marry each other.
The then State Secretary for Justice Job Cohen then made the so-called reservation on behalf of the cabinet. He reasoned that kingship is hereditary. And because two women or two men cannot have children, that hereditary character of kingship could disappear.
“Since it is certain in advance that no children can be born from such a marriage,” the then government wrote. It has never been discussed since.
The VVD MPs asked Rutte in a letter today: “Do you think this fits with the standards and values of the Netherlands in 2021?” The VVD also wants to know to what extent children resulting from a marriage between an heir to the throne and a partner of the same sex are eligible for the monarchy.
Prime Minister Rutte, responsible for the royal family, is asked to answer the questions within two weeks.