Second District Board Member Eduardo Modesto Rodriguez proposed a resolution on Tuesday’s session of Sangguniang Panlalawigan to vehemently oppose same-sex marriage in the Philippines.
In his privilege speech, Rodriguez said that what triggered him to speak up about the issue was the pronouncement of House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez which pushes for the legalization of same-sex civil unions in the country. Quoting the Constitution which said that the State must recognize the Filipino family as the foundation of the nation, Rodriguez asked, “But what is family in the first place? It starts from marriage. Marriage, as an inviolable social institution, is the foundation of the family and shall be protected by the State.”
The legislator also quoted the family code, which said that “marriage is a special contract of permanent union between a man and a woman entered into in accordance with law for the establishment of conjugal and family life. It is the foundation of the family and an inviolable social institution whose nature, consequences, and incidents are governed by law and not subject to stipulation, except that marriage settlements may fix the property relations during the marriage within the limits provided by this Code.” He then underscored the term “permanent union between a man and a woman”.
Board Member Roseller Pineda put on record that he is supporting the call of BM Rodriguez. “I am not in favor. Dalawa ‘yan, same-sex union at same-sex marriage. Hindi ‘yan accepted sa majority of Filipinos as Christian and in the context of morality,” Pineda explained.
Meanwhile, Board Member Albert Rama also said he is not in favor of same-sex marriage. However, he refused to elaborate on his stance, saying he is not yet fully informed of its implication.
The proposed legislation is now being studied in the Committee on Special Concerns of the Provincial Board.