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Is Same Sex-marriage Legal in The Philippines?

If humans are bound to love and be loved, so are homosexual. But can they get married in the Philippines? Find out here.

You walked down the street and saw a guy who is very handsome and got attracted and you thought he’d be the Mr. Right you’ve dreamed of, but later on, you’ve found out that another guy was approaching him and then they kissed! Would you still be attracted to him? Of course, attraction is just normal even if the person is a gay or lesbian, there is no problem with that. The problem lies behind the acceptance of their union or same sex-marriage in the country. Although, there are countries that legally recognized same-sex marriage, but there are also countries that do not, even to socially recognize same sex-relationship is a big deal to them.

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It was heard that Philippines had conducted its first same-sex marriage in 2005. But the ceremony was performed within the New People’s Army of the Philippines which then didn’t recognized by the government. It was also reported that the Metropolitan Community Church Philippines has been conducting same sex holy unions since 1991, but unfortunately, not considered in the Country, rather considered to have the possibility to ban same-sex marriage including refusal to recognize marriages performed overseas. Knowing catholic values are predominant in the Philippines, the Roman Catholic Church is even against contraception, divorce and sexuality, so how much more on same-sex marriage.

The legality of same-sex marriage in the Philippines is too far a reality to the homosexual relationships that have wanted to get married the same way as of with the heterosexual partners. The same sex relationship (as what had been claimed by those who are into this kind of relationship) does not particularly required what sexuality should only be capable of expressing affection or love. And if humans are bound to love and be loved, so are homosexual. They have further pointed the catholic churches’ opposing contraception to be very impractical if over-population is also one of the reasons why the country suffered poverty, the same way on couples who have sentiments on living miserably with their marriages because divorce is not legally accepted but honoring annulment (what’s the difference?). In other words, the conservative “mentality” of Filipinos and their being “religious” are predominantly of prime importance in their country despite being tagged of not being “righteous.”

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  1. Jimmy Shilaho

    On April 12, 2010 at 11:33 am

    Same sex marriage abhors me, whether legal or not.

  2. John C.

    On April 12, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    Marriage is an institution designed for a man and a woman. Just because 2 same sex partners want to be “married” should not matter to society as a whole. I am a male. If I protest loudly enough will society allow me to be legally recognized as a woman? Why not?

  3. Lwandaz Tale

    On April 12, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    Same sex marriages is the debate of the moment worldwide. Great addition with Filipino perspective.

  4. Yvhes P.

    On April 13, 2010 at 5:47 am

    Not that I know of. I live in the Philippines so I know it’s not legal. I know same sex couples living together though.

  5. deep blue

    On April 26, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    Nice opinion, kabayan.

  6. BruceW

    On November 30, 2010 at 11:48 am

    I don’t see why it shouldn’t be made legal. It doesn’t hurt anyone.


    On January 30, 2011 at 1:00 am

    it should not be legalized in fact it is against the law of GOD AND THE EYES OF THE PEOPLE AROUND YOU

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