Students display banners calling for the rights of LGBTQIA+ people to be respected during a 'Pride March' in Manila. (Photo: Joe Torres/ucanews)
Philippine church leaders have welcomed a court ruling that killed off a petition seeking to legalize same-sex marriage.The Philippine Supreme Court upheld an earlier ruling to dismiss the petition that was once touted as historic for the predominantly Catholic country.The court rejected "with finality" the motion because it lacked "substantial arguments" to warrant the reversal of the court's earlier decision.Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo praised the ruling, saying the country already has so many problems affecting the poor and the needy. He said the government should instead focus on issues like poverty, work, migration and climate change.Bishop Honesto Ongtioco of Cubao said the Catholic Church will always uphold the teachings of Jesus regarding marriage, regardless of what laws the state introduces.
Articles 1 and 2 of the Family Code limit marriages between a man and a woman while articles 46 (4) and 55 (6) mention lesbianism or homosexuality as grounds for annulment and legal separation.
"Marriage, as an inviolable social institution in Filipino life, has always been conceived between a man and a woman," said Villanueva.He said to nullify the existing Family Code "would be tantamount to denying our identity as a people and betraying our deep-held morals.""It is not only against God, it is also against ourselves as a people," he said.