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Same sex marriage bill divides House

House Speaker Pantaleon D. Alvarez’s vow to author a same sex marriage bill has surprisingly divided the House of Representatives that used to avoid even discussing the idea out of fear of political backlash from religious groups opposed to it.

House Deputy Speaker Fred Castro and Senior Minority Leader Lito Atienza predicted a rejection even as recent poll surveys on the issue indicated that only three out of ten Filipinos are in favor of same sex union.

However, women lawmakers, among them House Deputy Speaker Pia Cayetano (NP, Taguig City) and Bernadette Herrera-Dy (Bagong Henerasyon party-ist), were among the early supporters of Alvarez’s plan to have the measure approved during the 17th Congress.

Bataan Rep. Geraldine Roman, a transgender, is expected to push for the measure that Alvarez may file within this month.

Castro pointed out that the proposal is opposed to the Constitution. “There is a prohibition under the Constitution.

If you are going to legalize that, we should bear in mind that the Constitution says that marriage is an inviolable constitution and when we speak of marriage its between a man and a woman,” said Castro.

Atienza, a fierce oppositor of same sex marriage and divorce proposals, said he is deeply bothered by Alvarez’s move to test the waters in determining acceptance of the bill. “Marriage, as defined by law, is a union between a man and a woman. We are ready to defend the rights of anyone especially those in the LGBT community. But marriage should exclusively be, as intended by nature, for a man and a woman,” said Atienza. (Ben R. Rosario)

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  • Gerald Lopez

    suportado ka namin dyan Speaker Alvarez pati ng mga LGBT,nararapat lang na bigyan ng karapatan ang mga LGBT.

  • dora curtis

    madami po kami na sumusuporta saiyo Speaker Alvarez ikaw ang tunay na nagpapahalaga sa LGBT.

  • Ivy Ferrer

    tama lang si speaker Alvarez, wag natin pigilan ang karapatan ng LGBT.dapat ng isa batas ang same sex marriage.

  • Niko Santos

    para sa ikakabuti ng LGBT buo ang suporta namin sayo speaker Alvarez.saludo ako sa katapangan mong ipasa ang bill na ito.

  • Tin Andes

    kung gaano kalaki ang suporta mo sa LGBT Speaker Alvarez ganun din kalaki ang suporta namin sayo.

  • Jaikah Ludovice

    dakila ka po tlaga Speaker Alvarez salamt po sa tulong mo sa LGBT.

  • Jayson Lee

    sana naman maging bukas ang mga isipan nyo gaya ni Speaker Alvarez na my lakas ng loob para ipasa ang bill na ito.

  • Daisy Meme

    ikaw ang tuny Speaker Alvarez napakabuti mo po salamt po sa pagsang ayon sa LGBT na ipatupad dito sa bansa na maging legal.

  • Tin Arispe

    salamt po Speaker Alvarez sa pagmamahal mo sa LGBT at sa respeto po na binibigay mo karapt dapat lang na magkaroon ng karapatan ang LGBT dito sa ating bansa.

  • Donita Myth

    para sa same sex marriage laban lang po Speaker Alvarez salamt po sa patuloy na suporta mo po.

  • Peter Victoria

    malaking tulong to para sa mga kapwa pinoy natin nasa LGBT community. susuportahan ko dito si House Speaker Alvarez. Ayos yan sir!!

  • Maria Loraine Romasanta

    galing mo talaga Cong Alvarez! Bigyan din natin ng pansin at halaga ang mga karapatan ng mga nasa LGBT community.

  • Ricardo Castro

    Dapat suportahan rin ng iba pang kongresista ang panukala ni House Speaker! Mga Pinoy na LGBT rin naman ang mangingibang dito eh. Go Cong Alvarez

  • Don Dunhill Riego

    Wag nang maging bitter! Suportahan nalang natin si House Speaker para dyan sa same sex marriage. para naman yan sa mga nagmamahalang pinoy na magkakaparehong kasarian! Go Go Go House Speaker

  • marben mayor

    Bat ba marami pang di pumapayag? Wala namang masasaktan sa bill na to ah. Marami pa ngang magkakakumpiyansa sarili na mga LGBT! wag naman nating ipagkait sakanila ang karapatan nilang magsama at legal na magmahalan.

  • apol bing

    Kung wala po tayong takot sa Dios na dakila sa lahat, gawin po ninyo ito. Alam ninyong ang pagpapakasal ay galing sa Dios ngunit hindi nyo naman gustong sundin ang KANYANG requirements, ang DIOS mismo ang magbibigay ng hatol sa bansang ito kung papayagan ng mambabatas. Do not compromise Speaker Alvarez.