By Jasmyn Jacob — 11/03/2011
Gender equality has finally reached new heights. 16 commonwealth countries agreed Friday to change the rules of succession. No longer will the sons of the monarch take precedence in ascending the throne. The proposed change to this rule that has been active for centuries will now be followed by all countries ruled by Queen Elizabeth II. The government leaders of these countries also removed the long-standing rule banning the monarch from marrying a catholic. But the rule that reserves the throne for Protestants still remains.