More from EsquireMag. In the Philippines, God is king, and the Catholic Church has staunchly opposed same-sex marriages around the world. In response to that, civil unions were formed as a way of legally recognizing a union between two same-sex partners with the almost all the rights of marriage. Largely considered the first step toward same-sex marriages, civil unions are making progress in the Philippines after Speaker of the House of Representatives Pantaleon Alvarez filed a bill to legalize civil unions for same-sex and opposite-sex couples in
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A History of Same-Sex Marriage in the Philippines
CNN The Philippines' highest court has dismissed a petition to allow same-sex marriage, ruling that the applicant doesn't have a partner and therefore can't claim to be a victim of existing laws. A couple hold hands wrapped in a rainbow flag during a pride march in Marikina City, east of Manila on June 30, Jesus Falcis, a year-old radio show anchor and attorney, sought to declare Articles 1 and 2 of the Family Code unconstitutional. These provisions limit marriage to a union between a man and a woman. But the court dismissed his petition Tuesday due to "lack of standing" and for "failing to raise an actual, justiciable controversy," according to a summary of the court ruling. More Videos This is what Pride celebrations look like around the world
Philippines Supreme Court upholds ban on same-sex marriage
Help us continue to fight human rights abuses. Please give now to support our work. The Philippine Supreme Court heard a long-awaited argument on Tuesday that could open the door to same-sex marriage in the overwhelmingly Catholic country.
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