Women to get equal inheritance rights to titles

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27 July 2005, MADRID – Women in Spain belonging to the nobility could get equal rights to titles under a new, cross-party proposal.

27 July 2005

MADRID – Women in Spain belonging to the nobility could get equal rights to titles under a new, cross-party proposal.

On Wednesday, the socialist parliamentary group (PSOE), the conservatives and the Canary Isles nationalists presented a legal proposal to scrap the age-old principle of passing on titles from father to son.

The bill, presented to Congress, stated that former succession laws "came from a historic period when the titled nobility confirmed itself as a privileged social class".

"The masculine principle or the preference for the male fitted with the values of the old regime, but are incompatible with today's society where women participate fully in political, economic, cultural and social life," stated the proposal.

The parties believe equality should also be applied to roles which are representative and symbolic.

Under the legal change, titles will be passed to the next son or daughter in succession to a parent. The law will apply retroactively to any titles which are now being disputed legally.

The proposals come after the European Court of Human Rights in 1999 rejected the claims of some noble Spanish women for the titles of their younger brothers. Strasbourg then upheld Spain's position that article 14 of its constitution – which pledged equality to all citizens – was not being breached, since the titles were 'symbolic'.

The latest proposal, though, would not have any effect on succession rights in the royal family and Spain's crown.

However, Zapatero's government has announced its intention to rewrite the constitution to also grant equality in the order of the dynasty of the crown – that would mean when Princess Letizia gives birth, a daughter could also become the heir to the throne.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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