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Duterte rejects same-sex marriage for PH

SAME-SEX MARRIAGE. President Rodrigo Duterte says that under the Civil Code of the Philippines, marriage is only for man and woman. File photo from Shutterstock

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte said the Philippines cannot legalize same-sex marriage, unlike the United States and several European countries.

Duterte was speaking before the Filipino community in Myanmar, where he is on a two-day official visit.

“Wala nang gender, because you can be he or she… ‘yan ang kultura nila. Kayo lang. ‘Di ‘yan puwede sa amin, Katoliko kami. At there is the Civil Code, which is you can only marry a woman for me, and for woman to marry a man. ‘Yan ang batas natin,” the President said on Sunday, March 19.

(There’s no gender, because you can be or she… that’s their culture. That’s only for them. That can’t be applied to us, we’re Catholics. And there is the Civil Code, which is you can only marry a woman for me, and for woman to marry a man. That’s the law in the Philippines.)

Dalawang brother-in-law ko gay. May mga pinsan ako na gay, wala akong ano, pero kung saan ka pinuwesto ng Diyos, diyan ka lang,” he added.

(I have two brothers-in-law who are gay. I have cousins who are gay, I have nothing against them, but you have to stick to where God placed you.)

This is in contrast to Duterte’s stance during the 2016 campaign period, when he expressed openness to possible legislation allowing same-sex marriage.

“Definitely, the gays were created by God… God made them so medyo nagkamali ‘yung bilangan diyan sa Bible (there is a slight error in the Bible). [It should be] Adam, Eve, and the gays,” he said during Rappler’s “The Leader I Want” forum in January 2016.

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, one of Duterte’s staunchest allies, said last October that he would push for same-sex civil marriage in the Philippines.

But Alvarez also said it will not be fast-tracked because it is not among Duterte’s priority measures. (READ: Same-sex civil marriage bill may ‘divide’ House – minority lawmakers) – Rappler.com

I SAY:

I have a group of friends who are gay and lesbian, they are the great gays and lesbians I’ve every met.  They are talented and wonderful persons.  However, let us discern more. Listen more. I have nothing against them, nevertheless, it’s the act and not the person.

love you all my gay and lesbian friends–Keep itUP!

©Rappler.com

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MANNY vs LGBT: On Why We Should Think

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Lately, the newspapers had been plagued by commentaries from students to showbiz personalities and even political aspirants about the statement uttered by boxing icon and political candidate Manny Pacquiao on homosexuals as worse than animals. His courageous statement drew ire from the LGBT community.  The Ladlad partylist aired their sentiments by calling the public to withdraw their support for him.

I noticed that people were reacting differently, from name calling to despisement to judgment. We love to judge.  It is our second nature. But the problem is not that we judge out rightly, rather we judge vaguely.

The story of the woman caught in adultery in John 8 comes to my mind.  In this compelling gospel story, the Pharisees full of self-righteousness brought the woman caught in adultery into the public square of the temple where Jesus was teaching and was made to stand in full view of everybody (I could just imagine how she was dragged and pulled in shame.)She was accused of being caught in adultery! She is to be stoned to death as the law of Moses prescribed. Jesus, unfussed, bent down and started writing on the ground with his finger.  The Pharisees kept on prodding Jesus.  So Jesus replied “if there is one of you who has not sinned, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” One by one the Pharisees left.

The heart of the story was at the end when Jesus said “woman, has no one condemned you? Neither do I condemn you, go, and don’t sin any more.” If we look intently into our heart, we will see ourselves fitting in the shoes of the Pharisees.  The irony is that we also see all those fingers pointing at us, ready to stone us to death.  In other words, as many as we see fingers pointing at us, as many times we point to others as well, ready to stone them to death.  We all have sinned.  We accused others.  We have been accused. We have been wronged.  We have wronged others.  And the vicious cycle goes on and on.  It creates nothing but only wounded persons. But, if we humbly surrender our heart to the Lord we would hear Jesus telling us “has no one condemned you? Neither will I condemn you, go  and don’t sin any more.”

Proving who is right and who is not, who is sinful and righteous, does nothing to help the person to walk in the light of Christ.  We have to understand that there is no line that separates the righteous from the wicked.  Each one of us is equally sinful and equally good for we all are made according to the image and likeness of God.  The sun shines on both the good and the wicked. Our struggle to respond to the call to holiness and wholeness is a communal effort.  Our collective effort to uproot a secularized mentality must stem from within. Our battle is not amongst us but the evil that prowls around.

Instead of subjecting one another to a demeaning behavior, let us rise above these arguments and address our supplications to God who sees, hears and knows the misery of his children.   The presence of evil cannot be fought by human effort alone, it must be accompanied by authentic prayer, fasting and penance.   This is what the season of lent is teaching us to look within ourselves: to repent and be converted; to die from the old self and put on the new self with Christ; to leave the darkness of our sins and walk in the light of Christ; to be freed from the slavery of the flesh to be a free child of God.  May we come to realize that we are the body of Christ.  We are many and different yet each one belongs to the body of Christ, we are as St Paul says “a single unit.” If one part of the body is erring, the whole body is affected. If a part of the body is in pain, all parts are hurt with it.

 

 

 

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