Catholic prelates hope SC will rule against same-sex marriage

Published July 2, 2018, 3:38 PM

by iManila Developer

By Leslie Ann Aquino

Catholic prelates are hoping that the Supreme Court will rule against same-sex marriage since majority of Filipinos are opposed to it.

Couple Joshua Simbillo (left) and Bryan San Jose (Right) wrap the LGBTQ flag on their arms as they express their support for same-sex marriage in front of the Supreme Court while the SC holds an ongoing oral arguments regarding the issue. (ALVIN KASIBAN / MANILA BULLETIN)

Sorsogon Bishop Arturo Bastes and Balanga Bishop Ruperto Santos were referring to the latest result of a Social Weather Stations survey showing that 61 percent of Filipinos are opposed to the legalization of same-sex marriage in the Philippines.

In an interview, Bastes said the SC should be “sensitive” to the voice of the people.

“The SC should be sensitive to the voice of our good people who follow our Constitution that marriage is defined as union of man and woman! Filipino culture abhors the marriage of two men or of two women! It is unthinkable in our way of life, which is our culture!” he said.

“Besides, same-sex marriage is a great infraction of our Constitution which we Filipinos must uphold, based on our culture and on our faith in the true and living God,” Bastes added.

The Sorsogon prelate also stressed that most Filipinos are Christians and as such marriage can never be contracted with persons of the same sex.

“I am elated to know that the majority of Filipinos are opposed to a nonsensical same-sex marriage! This is a very good argument against the proponents of this idea when oral arguments are to be presented at the SC,” Bastes said.

Santos said the result of the survey showed the deep religiosity of Filipinos and how much they value the sanctity of marriage.

“This shows the deep religiosity of the Filipinos, they still are close-knit families who value the sanctity and stability of marriage as just a man and a woman joined together in marriage, not just union or partnership of same sex,” he said in an interview.

Same-sex union, Santos said does not make a family because a family is a husband, wife, and children.

“Same sex union does not make a family. It is union because of common likes and dislikes,” he said.

For this reason, the Balanga prelate said the SC must rule against same-sex civil union.