MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles ®) – It was just a matter of time. The Philippines’ bid to become the 51st state of the U.S.A. was just weeks away from being approved by the United States Congress. But in just the last 24 hours, the hope all but went away, thanks to the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).
In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision legalizing gay marriage, the Catholic Church in the Philippines says it will maintain its teachings on marriage which is exclusively between a man and a woman.
CBCP head and Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas issued an official statement today, reiterating the church’s opposition to same-sex marriage, while reassuring the LGBT community there will be no discrimination against them by the Church.
“The Church continues to maintain what it has always taught. Marriage is a permanent union of man and woman, in the complementarity of the sexes and the mutual fulfillment that the union of a man and a woman bring into the loftiness of the matrimonial bond. If there is an undeniable difference between man and woman, there is also an undeniable difference between the permanent union of a man and a woman,” Villegas said in a post on his Facebook account.
Upon hearing of the CBCP’s stand on gay marriage, the U.S. Congress killed a bi-partisan resolution granting the Philippines statehood status.
“The Philippines cannot be a state of the union if it does not intend to abide by the law of the land,” Speaker John Boehner said. “Same-sex marriage is now the law in America, and no existing or potential U.S. state can get around it,” he added.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – A young Filipino lawyer — named Jesus — has asked the Philippine Supreme Court (SC) to lift same-sex marriage prohibitions in the country’s almost 3-decade-old Family Code.
Jesus Nicardo Falcis, who identified himself as openly gay in his May 18 petition, argued that limiting civil marriages and the rights that go with such unions to heterosexuals violate the constitutionally guaranteed protection for equal treatment, undue interference to liberty rights, and marital autonomy.
Ireland — a Catholic country like the Philippines — just became the first in the world to legalize gay marriage by popular vote. Will the Philippines be next? Unlikely.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles) – Citing a major conflict of interest, Justice Anthony Kennedy said today that he will be recusing himself from further deliberations and the eventual vote by the Supreme Court as it prepares to issue a landmark decision on gay marriage in the United States.
The Supreme Court is expected to rule on several cases brought before it to settle once and for all the issue of whether or not the ban on gay marriage is constitutional. Some 37 U.S. states already allow gay marriage.
Kennedy made the announcement after hearing the news that Ireland has become the first country in the world to allow gay marriage through the people’s vote. The Irish referendum concluded with an overwhelming majority voting to legalize same-sex marriage in this Catholic European country.
Kennedy, a Catholic, is of Irish descent. Given the overwhelming historic vote by his fellow Irish, he considers it a major conflict of interest for him.
So for any decision to strike or uphold the federal ban on gay marriage in the U.S., the Supreme Court justices must vote 5-3, considering Kennedy’s decision to abstain. A split decision (4-4) effectively upholds the ruling of the lower court, handing victory to four states defending their gay marriage ban before the high court: Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee and Kentucky.