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Marriage in the Philippines
Bills to Ban Same-Sex Marriage Filed in the Senate, House of Representatives of the Philippines
The bad news is that three bills have been filed in Congress this term that would in effect ban same-sex marriage in the Philippines if they get enacted. Rep. Rozzano Rufino “Ruffy” Biazon (Lone District, Muntinlupa City) filed House Bill 1245 to amend the country’s Family Code to limit marriage to ‘natural born males and natural born females’ only. In the Senate, meanwhile, Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago filed Senate Bill No. 1276 to bar same-sex marriages celebrated abroad from getting legal recognition in the Philippines. Ruffy Biazon’s father, Sen. Rodolfo Biazon, filed SBN 1575, the Senate counterpart of HB 1245.
Biazon’s bill is a reaction to a number of rulings made by local courts allowing Filipino transsexuals to change their legal status from male to female. According to Biazon, “With recent developments in the field of medicine, it is now possible to alter or change a person’s sexual organ to make it appear as that of the opposite sex. This bill prohibits marriages between two men, one of whom had a sex exchange operation and between two women, one of whom also had a sex exchange operation.”
Such marriages challege the laws of God, of nature and even of man, according to Biazon.
Defensor-Santiago’s bill, on the other hand, seeks to correct the Family Code, which does not explicitly void same-sex marriages solemnized abroad. Defensor-Santiago’s bill is premised on the belief that “marriage is a union founded on the distinction of sex.”
HB 1245 and SBN 1575 also bars the legal recognition of same-sex unions done abroad.
HB 1245 is pending in the House Committee on Revision of Laws, while SBN 1276 and SBN 1575 are pending in the Senate Committee on Youth, Women and Family Relations.
We’ve posted below the contact details of Sen. Defensor-Santiago and Rep. Ruffy Biazon. We encourage concerned citizens and members of the lesbian and gay community to express their opposition to the bills filed by Rep. Biazon, Sen. Rodolfo Biazon and Sen. Defensor Santiago.
Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago
5th flr., Rm. 518 GSIS Bldg.,
Financial Center, Roxas Blvd., Pasay City
Trunk Lines: (632) 552-6601 to 80 loc. 5562 - 63 / 5590
Direct Lines: (632) 372-4573
Telefax No.: (632) 552-6692
Sen. Rodolfo Biazon
Rm. 527 GSIS Bldg., Financial Center, Roxas Blvd., Pasay City
Trunk Lines: (632) 552-6601 to 80 loc. 5527 - 28
Direct Line: (632) 552-6896
Telefax No.: (632) 552-6772
Rep. Rozzano Rufino “Ruffy” Biazon
Rm. 506, South-wing, House of Representatives,
Phone: (632) 931-5001 local 7284 or telefax (632) 9316239