• WILL SAME-SEX MARRIAGE STAND A CHANCE IN PH?

    ‘All up to Congress’

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    United Colors  Members of an lgBT organization wave the rainbow flag at the the rizal park on saturday. Photo by Bong Ranes

    United Colors
    Members of an lgBT organization wave the rainbow flag at the the rizal park on saturday. Photo by Bong Ranes

    A Malacañang official on Saturday said it is up to Congress to consider discussing the issue on legalizing same-sex marriage in the Philippines.

    Deputy presidential spokesman Abigail Valte said that while President Benigno Aquino 3rd “wants everyone treated equally,” legalizing same-sex marriages would need congressional action.

    “We leave it to Congress for that discussion,” Valte said over the government radio station Radyo ng Bayan.

    Valte said there have been conflicting views on the process of legalizing same-sex marriage in the country.

    “Some legal experts are of the view that you need to change the Constitution to be able to allow same sex marriages; some say that you don’t, that you just need a regular legislation to be able to incorporate it in our laws,” she said.

    The US Supreme Court, in a 5-4 ruling on Friday, handed down its decision to legalize same-sex marriage in all of its 50 states.

    Church: No discrimination
    Reacting to the US ruling, the head of the Catholic Church in the country said the Church will maintain its teachings on marriage.

    Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas, who is also president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, however assured the LGBT (lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgenders) community there will be no discrimination against them by the Church.

    “The Church continues to maintain what it has always taught. Marriage is a permanent union of man and woman, in the complementarity of the sexes and the mutual fulfillment that the union of a man and a woman bring into the loftiness of the matrimonial bond. If there is an undeniable difference between man and woman, there is also an undeniable difference between the permanent union of a man and a woman,” Villegas said

    “We will continue to teach the sons and daughters of the Church that marriage, transformed by The Lord Jesus and by His Church into a sacrament — a means by which the Risen Lord encounters his people — is an indissoluble bond of man and woman,” he added.

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    1. just repeating butch hiro….
      butch hirro says:
      June 28, 2015 at 12:20 am
      i doubt if congress can make this happen. hell, they cannot even pass the divorce bill in the country let alone same sex marriage. and may i say this, the catholic church in the philippines is being hypocritical when it said that the church wants to treat everybody equal. no discrimination. that’s a flat out lie.

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    3. I still believe that marriage is a solemn vow created for the purpose of uniting two persons, a man and a woman.
      Now, time has change but if same sex for marriage is the present cry then let it be done but we should respect the church and GOD. The doctrines of the church and the bible should be respected this can never be alter,
      ” gather all species male and female, go and multiply and serve the Lord” same way with same sex marriages they need respect or a bond but let it be done by the law of the country but not by the law of the CHURCH. Don’t mess with the doctrines give respect and respect is given. Don’t ever never change what the bible teaches. None of us was even born when that was written.
      Let the bible be a sacred book for all times. You can’t change history, whatever was written nor add. PERIOD!
      You need a bond make a MOA,there are millions of lawyers in the world but don’t change the rule of the church.
      This in my opinion is too much and exaggerated and over selfishness for their joy. They are a few for the many, limelight is not a solemn vow. Now if time has really change prove to the world to that same sex can produce a life that can breath and can see that he comes from the same sex marriage.
      Then only then you can be proud to and change life the way it is.
      Maybe someday, there will be humans asking for marriage to their pets or pets marriages. No problem, make a MOA.
      BUT NEVER INCLUDE THE CHURCH AND WHAT THEY TEACH. WRONG CAN NEVER BE RIGHT NOR LEFT CAN NEVER BE RIGHT. WATER CAN NEVER BE SOIL NOR EARTH CAN NEVER BE MOON. SIMPLE AS THAT.

    4. Dito natin mga kababayan malalaman kung sino sa mga politiko ang mag-ko-compromise at hindi mag-ko-compromise; ito ay karumaldumal at di kaaya-aya sa paningin sa mata ng Panginoon. Huwag naman sana payagan ito dahil masama talaga ito at labag sa kautusan ng Dios na nakasaad na malinaw sa Biblia! Huwag naman sana payagan ito dahil sa America, kahit walang hlong pulitika ay ginagawa ang gusto lang nila…in other words, lust of the flesh.

    5. Catalino Garcia on

      Let’s not be gaya gaya puto maya. The decision was for America, not for the whole world or the Philippines for that matter.

      • Francisco Ablong on

        Same sex marriage is blatant violation of the law of Nature. In Physics name, how can a male be attracted with another male or a female be attracted with another female when both are of the same charge. One of the fundamental laws of Physics states that “Like charges REPEL and unlike charges ATTRACT.” In defiance of the natural law, these LGBT individuals execute their sexual intercourse in a highly UNNATURAL way. O, Almighty God, let the HIV and AIDS continue to fall upon these individuals. Let them suffer more and more until they repent and obey Your Laws!

        Then, God, I plead to You, please remove all their sufferings after they completely abandon their abnormal sexual orientation. Please hear the prayer of Your servant Lord God. Amen!

      • P.Akialamiro on

        Irrespective of the SC ruling, it is still a matter of faith and belief in the Scriptures; after all, it’s “to each his/her own” when the final judgement day comes.

    6. ernesto albay on

      People can do what they want. to interfer on the legality of their union is dependent on themselves not the goverment to intervene on their private life.
      Did they goverment interfer with them when they try to have union of themeselves probably not, why ask the goverment to legalized, its their option to do it so let them do what they its right for themselves and not to tell the citizens its legal. does they constitution enshrined that same sex marrriage.

    7. i doubt if congress can make this happen. hell, they cannot even pass the divorce bill in the country let alone same sex marriage. and may i say this, the catholic church in the philippines is being hypocritical when it said that the church wants to treat everybody equal. no discrimination. that’s a flat out lie.

    8. Leave the archaic Catholic church out of these issue. They are still working under the dark ages mentality. The reality is there are so may LGBT population in the Philippines that they can no longer be ignored. It is inevitable that we need to accept them and make them an acceptable population of our society. Filipinos are always accepting of LGBT’s anyway we might as well accept it. I am not a homosexual, I do not have any member of my family as LGBT, but if I do I do not want them to be looked at as freaks or wierds, they are also human beings as long as they abide by the laws of the constitution I do not see anything wrong with same sex marriage.