Duterte opposes same-sex marriage: Kung saan ka pinwesto ng Diyos, dyan ka lang!
President Rodrigo Duterte has thumbed down the prospect of legalizing same-sex marriage in the Philippines.
Facing the Filipino community in Myanmar Sunday (March 20), Duterte insinuated that approval for same-sex marriage is limited to Western countries with liberal cultures.
He cited as basis the cover of Time Magazine’s international edition, which featured a photo of a woman with the caption: “Beyond he or she: How a new generation is redefining the definition of gender.”
Referring to Time Magazine’s cover, Duterte said: “Yun ang kultura nila. Eh di kayo lang, hindi ‘yan pwede sa amin kay Katoliko kami at there is the Civil Code, which says that you can only marry a woman for me… for a woman to marry a man.”
While Duterte said two of his brothers-in-law are gay, he appeared cool to legalizing same-sex marriages.
“Kung saan ka pinuwesto ng Diyos, diyan ka lang. Huwag na mong haluin kaming lahat. Biro mo, ako ang Presidente tapos wala ng — you erase the great divide between a woman and a man.”
Ironically, one of the President’s staunchest allies, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, has expressed support for a bill legalizing same-sex unions.