Transgendered individuals have been demanding more and more special rights, insisting society not only acknowledge their lifestyle but also endorse it.
Now the movement could upend the age-old British tradition, known as the law of primogeniture, of passing down titles and property to a son.
The fifth Earl of Balfour and his wife have four daughters but no sons.
According to the law of primogeniture, when the earl dies, his title and his property would be turned over to his younger brother.
So he’s suggesting that one of his daughters, utilizing proposed amendments that would allow a woman to declare she is a man living in a female body, to declare herself a son.
His daughter, he wrote in a letter to the Times of London, “could claim his title ‘as a son’ by declaring ‘that there has always been a man screaming to get out of her female body.'”
“What is there to stop someone from changing gender and taking a title? I think it would be interesting question for constitutional lawyers,” he proposed in a later interview in the Telegraph of London.
Balfour’s wife, Lady Tessa, said the suggestion has come up several times already.
Under the current Gender Recognition Act, a daughter who legally changes her gender cannot take the place of a male heir.
But the law never has been tested.
Authorities in the U.K. already have announced plans to make it easier to “change sex.”
“Both Prime Minister Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn have spoken out in favor of such plans – with the Labour leader saying he wanted people to be able to ‘self-identify’ their sex,” according to the Christian Institute.
The BBC said Lord Balfour, 68, suggested, “Surely the time has come when we can nominate which child we want to be our successor, regardless of their current, past or future gender.”
The report noted some have said Lord Balfour’s suggestion makes “a mockery out of transgender rights.”
Transgender Sarah Hodgson said on social media: “It’s the 21st century and the law of primogeniture should be scrapped entirely, surely that’s the correct course of action.”
The title was created in 1922 for the Conservative Party prime minister, Arthur Balfour. The present Lord Balfour and his family live in Burpham Lodge, near Arundel, Sussex.