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PHL "not yet ready" to legalize same-sex marriage

Submitted by on May 14, 2012 (4 years ago)
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PHL "not yet ready" to legalize same-sex marriageLeaders of the House of Representatives on Sunday rejected the possibility of passing a measure to legalize same-sex marriage in the Philippines.

House Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales II said a law on gay marriage is not yet possible in the country, since Filipinos are “generally conservative.”

“I am of the opinion that at the moment, or even in the near future, it’s a no-no situation for same-sex marriage in the Philippines,” Gonzales said.

House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. agreed that Philippines is "not yet ready” to legislate same-sex marriage, adding that he himself will oppose such a law.

He added that he would rather preserve the definition of marriage under the Philippines’ Family Code (Republic Act 386 as amended by EO 209), which states that marriage can only be contracted between a male and a female.

He added that he would rather preserve the definition of marriage under the Philippines’ Family Code (Republic Act 386 as amended by EO 209), which states that marriage can only be contracted between a male and a female.

The House leaders made these statements after United States President Barack Obama publicly expressed his support for gay marriage, saying that all couples should be treated equally.

Obama, who is seeking reelection, said the decision to legalize same-sex marriage should be left to individual states.

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