19 October 2017,Royal Statement of the Repeal "Marriage Equality Bill" at the World Assembly
"We are big and vast and diverse; a nation of people with different backgrounds and beliefs, different experiences and stories, but bound by our shared ideal that no matter who you are or what you look like, how you started off, or how and who you love, Montenbourg is a place where you can write your own destiny. We are a people who believe that every single child is entitled to life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness. There’s so much more work to be done to extend the full promise of Montenbourg to every Montenbourgian. But today, we can say in no uncertain terms that we’ve made our union a little more perfect. Gay rights are human rights and human rights are gay rights, and that the Kingdom of Montenbourg would be a leader in defending those rights, marriage equality is one of this universal rights.
Now there were some countries that did not want to hear that. But I believe Monenbourg is at its best when we champion the freedom and dignity of every human being. That's who we are. It's in our DNA. And as Queen, I had the privilege to represent that Montenbourg to the world. . LGBT Montenbourgians are our colleagues, our teachers, our soldiers, our friends, our loved ones. And they are full and equal citizens and deserve the rights of citizenship here in Montenbourg and around the World. That includes marriage. That's why I support marriage for lesbian and gay couples. Thats why I support the Marriage Equality Bill. I support it personally and as a matter of policy and law, imbedded in a broader effort to advance equality and opportunity for LGBT Montenbourgians. Like so many others my personal views have been shaped over time by people I have known and loved. By my experience representing our nation on the world stage. My devotion to law and human rights and the guiding principles of my faith. Marriage after all is a fundamental building block of our society and we need to protect it.
I hope that as we discuss and debate, whether it's around a kitchen table or in the public square, we do so in a spirit of respect and understanding. Conversations with our friends, our families, our congregations, our coworkers are opportunities to share our own reflections and to invite others to share theirs. They give us a chance to find that common ground and a path forward. For those of us who lived through the long years of the civil rights and women's rights movements, the speed with which more and more people have come to embrace the dignity and equality of LGBT Montenbourgians has banned breath taking and inspiring. We see it all around us every day in major cultural statements and in quiet family moments.
But the journey is far from over and therefore we must keep working to make our country freer and fairer. And to continue to inspire the faith the world puts in our leadership. In doing so, we will keep moving closer and closer to that more perfect union promised to us all. Thats why Montenbourg will defend LGBT rights here and around the world. We say no to Repeal the Marriage Equality Bill!
Thank you and lets fight for a Better World"
HRH Queen Grace II of Montenbourg
Queen-Consort of the King