8 couples of the same sex exchange marriage vows

EIGHT couples of the same sex shocked many Filipinos when they tied the knots in Baguio City recently.

Leaders of Christian fundamentalist groups and conservative Roman Catholic Church hit gays and lesbians who married by labeling their “union” as a sham.
Age-old traditions, the Philippine Constitution and the Civil Code of the Philippines offer no recognition to same sex marriages. Clearly enough this kind of union between two persons of the same sex is not only unenforceable but null and void from the very beginning.

Knowing this, gays and lesbians still went on with their marriage rituals presided over by a pastor who ironically had no license to solemnize marriage from the National Library, the only government agency authorized by law to issue such license.

Opponents of same sex marriages should respect the rights of gay couples to practice their religion that recognizes the spiritual value of such union.

Who knows after the expected approval of Reproductive Health (RH) bill and the legislative proposal to introduce divorce in the country, and a bill allowing same sex marriages  will also pass the legislative grind.

Section 5 of Article III of the Philippine Constitution, more popularly known as the Bill of Rights provides that: No law shall be made respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. The free exercise and enjoyment of religious profession and worship, without discrimination or preference, shall forever be allowed. No religious test shall be required for the exercise of civil or political rights.

The recent entry of popular tv host Boy Abunda into the gay movement in the country as senior advicer of Ang Ladlad, a nationwide grouping of gays and lesbians, is expected to bolster the exercise of their constitutional rights in our country.

Ladlad was previously disqualified as a partylist for its failure to prove they had nationwide membership.

On April 8 2011 the Supreme Court reversed the ruling of the Commission on Elections or Comelec and allowed Ang Lakad to join the May 2010 polls.

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