The debate in Britain over legalising gay marriage took a surreal turn on Tuesday after a senior politician said it could result in a lesbian queen.
Norman Tebbit, a member of PM David Cameron’s Conservative party who sits in the House of the Lords, also joked that it could see him marry his own son to escape inheritance tax.
Tebbit’s intervention comes amid fevered debate in parliament over a bill to legalise same sex marriage, which is opposed by many of Cameron’s Conservative lawmakers.
“I said to a minister I know: have you thought this through? Because you’re doing the law of succession, too,” Tebbit, 82, told The Big Issue magazine.
“When we have a queen who is a lesbian and she marries another lady and then decides she would like to have a child and someone donates sperm and she gives birth to a child, is that child heir to the throne,” Tebbit asked.
A majority of the public back the idea of gay marriage, but critics say marriage should only be between a man and a woman.