London/Nevada, Dec 15 (IBNS) A US based Hindu group has applauded publication of the bill granting girls equal rights to British throne succession.
Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA), said that "it was a step in the right direction".
It was long overdue and it would bring an end to the centuries old chapter of British royal gender discrimination, he added.
Zed also commended lifting ban on the monarch marrying a Roman Catholic.
"British monarch should have the freedom of choice of marrying anybody belonging to any denomination or religion. Many different religions and denominations were just varying human expressions and reactions to one divine Ultimate Reality," Zed stressed.
He criticized the bill for not touching the ancient ban on a Catholic becoming sovereign.
Monarch should be free to choose any religion/denomination he wanted, including Roman Catholicism, because it would ensure equality of faiths, Zed stated.
The 16 Commonwealth nations, known as realms, which have a voice in changing royal rules, include: Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Jamaica, Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Papua New Guinea, St Christopher and Nevis, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Tuvalu, Barbados, Grenada, Solomon Islands, St Lucia and the Bahamas.