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Will And Kate Won't Sign Benedict Cumberbatch's Petition For Gay Rights

02/03/2015 04:53 EST | Updated 02/04/2015 10:59 EST

Will and Kate (a.k.a. the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge) may be two of the most famous people in the world, but they aren't willing to use that notoriety to support gay rights.

Benedict Cumberbatch, who recently starred in "The Imitation Game," a biography of scientist Alan Turing, has started a petition asking the British government for a pardon of the 49,000 men who were convicted of "gross indecency" for same sex relations. But the royals aren't getting involved.

According to The Independent, a request for the Duke and Duchess to sign the petition was rejected by the pair, with a spokesperson stating it is a government matter, and therefore they can make no comment.

The website of the British Monarchy states that "The Queen and her family never vote or stand for election to any position, political or otherwise .. because The Queen's role is to provide continuity and the focus for national unity, and the Royal Family's public role is based on identifying with every section of society, including minorities and special interest groups."

In that role, the Queen gave her approval to allow same-sex marriage in Britain in 2013 (which had already been passed in Parliament the day before).

While we understand these rules have been in place for a centuries, it may be high time to make a few exceptions, especially considering the enormous global influence the Duke and Duchess could have on promoting the importance of LGBT rights around the world. After all, even the Queen broke what seemed to be a strict guideline against speaking out on equal rights when she congratulated one of Britain's oldest LGBT charities on its anniversary last year, reported Pink News.

Will and Kate (and Harry, for that matter) are known for their involvement with environmental, children's and Armed Forces charities through the the Royal Foundation.

CORRECTION: This article originally implied the Queen's approval of same-sex marriage had political connotations. In fact, it was a matter of parliamentary process.

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