The dictator’s son said it is time to support same-sex marriage.
According to a Philippine Daily Inquirer report, Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. said the country should recognize that there are some groups in this conservative country who support gay marriage.
In a forum at the Bulacan State University on Sept. 24, Marcos said it is love, not gender, which defines marriage.
“For me, the law should treat the people equally whoever you are. Whatever or whoever you want, the state should allow it because it is your choice. We should no longer discuss if it is conventional or not, as long as you are a Filipino, you should be treated fairly,” Marcos said.
Marcos is the son of his namesake and the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, who ruled for two decades in the Philippines and whose power was solidified by an abusive martial rule, wracked by numerous human rights violations until a peaceful people’s uprising took to the streets and ousted him from power.
The Marcos’ son is now seeking the vice presidency in the 2016 elections.
In the forum, Marcos said “there is nothing wrong (if)… there is part of this society that wants same sex marriage (to be legalized).”
He said the Catholic Church, which views homosexuality as a disorder and a tendency to commit sin, remains a stumbling block to the fulfillment of same-sex marriage in the country.
“The problem with the Philippines is that the influence of the Church is powerful. They are against same-sex marriage,” Marcos said.
In the Philippines, lawyer Jesus Nicardo Falcis III has asked the Supreme Court to nullify the provisions of the Family Code which limit marriage between man and woman only. But discrimination by the Church, as well as a conservative culture on marriage, has prevented even civil unions among Filipino LGBT (lesbian,, gay, bisexual and transgender).
So far, only Marcos and another presidential candidate Senator Grace Poe have openly expressed their positions favorable to the LGBT. During her presidential bid declaration on Sept. 16, Poe has vowed to support the rights of the LGBT community.