Same-sex marriage in PH? Majority of Filipinos don’t care
After the US Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states, majority of Filipinos do not care whether or not the same measure should be legislated in the Philippines.
An online poll conducted by INQUIRER.net showed that 41.2 percent of respondents, equivalent to 9,100 out of 22,085 votes, answered “I don’t care” on whether the Philippines should follow suit.
This was slightly higher than the 39.2 percent or 8,658 respondents who said that the country should also legalize same-sex unions.
Meanwhile, 19.59 percent 4,l327 of total votes answered “no.”
Articles 1 and 2 of the Family Code limited marriages in the Philippines between a man and woman, while Articles 46(4) and 55(6) cited homosexuality and lesbianism as grounds for annulment and legal separation. A petition seeking to nullify the said provisions is pending before the Supreme Court.
In a press conference, House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. said it would be impossible for same-sex marriage to be passed in the House of Representatives for the next few years due to the country’s predominantly Catholic roots.
Despite the US landmark decision, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has reaffirmed its opposition to same -sex unions, saying that “marriage is a permanent union of man and woman.”
“This is the way the Church has always read Sacred Scriptures. This is the way it has lived its faith, inspired by the Holy Spirit,” said CBCP president Archbishop Socrates Villegas. AU
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