• Speaker seeks junking of conjugal property

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    Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez is not only pushing the legalization of same sex unions, he also wants to amend the Family Code so that the provision on absolute conjugal property will be abolished.

    Article 75 of the Family Code states that “in the absence of a marriage settlement or when the regime agreed upon is void, the system of absolute community of property as established in this Code shall govern.”

    “At present, the law presumes that everything [a married couple has]is conjugal property or (under) absolute community of properties. All your properties are lumped, unless there is a prenuptial agreement. I want that amended,” Alvarez said in a television interview.

    “For me, there should be complete separation of property in spite of the absence of a prenuptial agreement. Nobody will get married for money. If you really love each other, you will get married regardless of the amount of each of your property,” Alvarez, a lawyer, added.

    The speaker has earlier expressed support to same-sex unions. He has not changed his stance despite drawing flak from Catholic and Christian faith groups.

    The Family Code defines marriage as a permanent union between a man and a woman.

    “We are still looking at allowing them [in same sex union]to adopt; to inherit [property]. We want to help people here. People have the right to be happy. In a democracy, there will be objections, but at the end of the day, majority wins,” Alvarez argued.

    “There are others who don’t want to get married but want to live together, so we should give them some sort of guidance in such a relationship,” he added.

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    1. Quote: ““We are still looking at allowing them [in same sex union]to adopt; to inherit [property]. We want to help people here. People have the right to be happy. In a democracy, there will be objections, but at the end of the day, majority wins,” Alvarez argued.” This is an absolute stupidity & evil-mindedness of the said lawmaker & he don’t deserve to be Speaker of the House & even to be there in Congress as a member. Human rights does not mean you have all the rights to do whatever you wish to do to satisfy your own desire. Not all laws are moral but all moral are lawful. This is kind of act is a categorical attempt to destroy the morals of humanity emanated from God’s design for mankind & for the family. Yes, people have the right to be happy but not to the extend of destroying other’s right specially the sanctity of Godly & biblical marriage. If I own a car and my friend who is with me in the car tried to smoke inside don’t I have the right to say no to him because I have the right to inhale fresh air and besides he is in my own car.

    2. jaime dela Cruz on

      “In a democracy, there will be objections, but at the end of the day, majority wins,” Alvarez argued.”

      Right, let’s all tell that to the protestors of the Marcos burial. All the students of UP, Ateneo, Dela Salle nd Santa Teresita does not constitute majority, even with the attendance of Roxas, Jim Paredes and DeLIma. Beisdes, the burial is also allowed by the supreme court.
      Now back to same sex marriage. This is an advocacy I would think that the human rights advocates and women’s movement should support , because whatever our sexual persuasion is, we are all human deserving respect of our rights. And let’s face it, some gay men are more woman than the female gender.

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