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Bills to ban same-sex marriage filed in Senate, House of Representatives June 28, 2006

Posted by lagablab in Discrimination, same-sex marriage.

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.

Get a copy of SBN 1276 here and HB1245/SBN1575 here.

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
Email: miriam@thenet.ph

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
Email: pongbiazon@yahoo.com

Rep. Rozzano Rufino “Ruffy” Biazon
Rm. 506, South-wing, House of Representatives,
Quezon City
Phone: (632) 931-5001 local 7284 or telefax (632) 9316239


1. max - July 23, 2006

these people are puppets of the church.

“It’s an issue of separation of church and state. We don’t have gay marriage here. We have civil marriage, and it’s the same for everyone.” Henk Krol, Editor, Gay Krant Magazine

2. manilaboy - July 24, 2006

well, in countries where civil unions or even gay marriage is legally recognized, strong political parties exist. What’s also noticeable is that it is the Left in general (socialist, labor and social democratic) that has actively championed lesbian and gay issues in many of these countries, whether it’s South Africa or the Scandinavian states.

3. vic - August 8, 2006

Check the provision of the Philippines Contitution for Equality Rights. If their is such, then challenge it and lobby the congress to recognize the union of consenting adults of legal age of same-sex binding under the provision of Equality Rights. The same provision that was the basis for the court in Canada to declare that all unions or marriages, man and woman, man and man, woman and woman are equal under the Constitution. And the Church can protest All she wants, ignore her…

4. camille khey ramos - September 13, 2006

ther’e nothing wrong for being gay /lesbian as long as your not doing something wrong, if your happy for what you are go ahead express your true colors.

5. trixie - September 14, 2006

i think a man marrying with the same sex is something unpredictable even though the gay undergo on a sex change!!!!!!!!!!!

6. gracie - September 17, 2006

i doubt same sex marriage wud work.. in the beginning, both parties will consider themselves in love with each other bt in d long run, confusions will surely come der way..i shud say, dey shud stick to wat dey feel but nver use other person to feed deyr caprices,,.,dey wil both regret it in d end……

7. jane - September 30, 2006

….how I am hurt whenever people will deprive my right to express who I really am…for being a lesbian..first being a lesbian has two factors, one can be environmental which came from the environmental factors like friends and family, and the other is the biological factor wherein it is caused by an abnormal growth of male chromesomes.. I just would like to say that being a lesbian is not my fault or our fault in the society or even to God… I believe I was born a lesbian, I do not know anything yet.I have my girlfriend now and we’re happy. but the thing is the society cannot accept us. we’ve been together for almost three years and we have experienced a lot of deprivation and teasing. I never meant to offend but for me same-sex marriage will work in this country. a lot of us, lesbians, are hoping that someday we can live a normal life, not called abnormal or deprived by anyone, because we are only people who wants to be a part of your so called NORMAL society.

8. Angel - October 16, 2006

Why would the Congress want to pass a law prohibiting same-sex marriage? What’s the point of doing so anyway? Are we going to face an Inquisition in this country? What are they scared of? – Gosh are we going backward!!! Most of the democratic and developed states of America and Western Europe have laws recognizing same sex union (Domestic Partnership, Same Sex Marriage, or Civil Union). We (Gay people) pay our taxes, follow traffic rules and participate in elections. HISTORY IS WITH US – LONG LIVE THE FAGGOTRY.

9. grace - October 30, 2006

i am hoping for a good news on the 6th of november..and i hope someday people or authority will allow and be legal in all aspects and in the whole philippines in having a wedding ceremony of the same sex…..then we will live happily though not tha totally coz we cannot able to produce child….but the important in there is we are loving each other and capable to obey the laws and rules in getting marrid…

10. L Bais - December 4, 2006

It may sound unconventional yet i have to say that the Lord our God never allowed/ will allow that practice- same sex marriage as it is against His will. I don’t wanna experience the judgment given to New Orleans as we know that this place is annually celebrating it’s feastivity, the “Mardi Gras”. You may say that i’m too old fashioned or conservative, well, I AM and I’m proud of being one. I wanna cite a biblical account on this on what happened in the two cities- Sodom and Gomorrah, how that the Lord judged it through the sending rain of fire and brimstone cos of condoning such abomination before His sight- cos of HOMOSEXUALS!

11. MP - February 7, 2007

it is so sad dat dey r depriving our ryts(as a LESBIAN people). we are rily praying to legalize same sex marriage hir n our country.

12. Nelson - February 26, 2007

I live in Canada with my husband, and we are enjoying full rights and privileges as a gay married couple. I wish to return to the Philippines hoping that our union would be recognized.

After reading this, it just doesn’t make sense to me to return to the Philippines… or even retain my Filipino citizenship.

Ano pa ang babalikan ko sa Pilipinas kung hindi tatanggapin ng pamahalaan ang pagsasama namin?

13. Nelson - February 26, 2007

10. L Bais – December 4, 2006

>>”It may sound unconventional yet i have to say that the Lord our God “never allowed/ will allow that practice- same sex marriage as it is against His will.”

First of all — how do YOU know what is god’s will? Did he tell you yourself? Did you ask him? Did you have conversations with him? What made you say this–do you have anything to support your statements?

>>”I don’t wanna experience the judgment given to New Orleans as we know that this place is annually celebrating it’s feastivity, the “Mardi Gras”.”

What happened to New Orleans was a natural disaster brought about by changing climate and weather patterns. Enough said.

>>”You may say that i’m too old fashioned or conservative, well, I AM and I’m proud of being one.”

You know, I don’t really care what you choose to call yourself or what you may think others may call you. Believe me, I will never hold that against you as you are entitled to your own opinions and beliefs. By all means, be proud to be old-fashioned and conservative! Just make sure you know what you’re talking about.

>>”I wanna cite a biblical account on this on what happened in the two cities- Sodom and Gomorrah, how that the Lord judged it through the sending rain of fire and brimstone cos of condoning such abomination before His sight- cos of HOMOSEXUALS!”

Sodom and Gomorrah were punished not because they condoned homosexuals, but because the people were hostile and inhospitable. The story clearly teaches that evil and violent people who attack aliens and strangers whom they do not know or understand receive god’s punishment. I would suggest you read the story again in case you missed out on the context instead of twisting that to justify your statements.

Besides, I think it’s a higher sin to JUDGE and CONDEMN people for being homosexuals than being a homosexual.

14. CLEO - March 11, 2007


15. lunarine - March 19, 2007

i just read ur comments here while i was browsing for articles about cohabitation of homosexual partners. i have done many papers about homosexuality for years and still, same same issues i meet..same same kind of people…i am a straight woman but i have been an advocate of homosexual rights since time immemorial. i have been blessed to meet and experience great deal of fabulous and definitely fantastic gay people! i believe that people are created with differences. men and women are different. we have vagina and them, penises. But difference is not tantamount to inequality. We may be different but equal. Homosexual discrimination is just another version of the you-are-black-so-your-not-human spectacle that our world witnessed long time ago. We already went through this and realized that being black is not a sin and does not make you a lesser being. They are just not white. Simple. And I honestly do not understand why some people can not accept the fact that differences occur in this world. Being gay is no different than having a red hair, black skin, grey eyes and big breasts. Most of my friends are gays, bisexual and lesbians.. and there nothing freaking wrong with them!!! The church is holding to tight unto its traditions that it is chocking millions of lives already ..my grandfather is a pastor, so is my father and uncle and I practically grew up reading and eating the bible.. and it has been the foundation of my values and principles.. the bible taught me to believe in equality, in letting other people breathe easier, in embracing my enemies and neighbors, not judging others, in loving some one with all my heart after God.. but is this what the people that are upholding the words God teaching? I doubt.. they became too obsessed with themselves that they forgot the quintessence of teachings of Christ.. it is not a surprise that people like mr. L bias with all their unconventionality and conservativeness exist. My God said that “whoever believes in me shall not perish and have an ever lasting life” whosoever my dearest mr. l bias.. not man and woman or child.. just whosoever. plain and simple.. clear as crystal.. and i do hope you understand it.

16. bicycleboy - March 25, 2007

I am a gay man. I am proud to be that; I would be just as proud if I were heterosexual. I did not choose to be gay.
I am in love with a Filipino man. He is in love with me. We will join in a civil partnership here in the UK, because my government (I am British) has realised that denying gay couples the rights and priviliges that are given to heterosexuals when they marry is discrimination. I am not one who argues that my partnership must be recognised as a marriage. I shall call it that, certainly, but it’s not necessary for me that the state calls it a marriage. It will be enough for me that my relationship is recognised and that my partner will have the same rights as would my wife if I were heterosexual. For example, he will have the right to discuss my health with doctors if I become ill.
Recognising loving relationships between gay partners is no threat to the institution of marriage. How could it be? What are people worried about?
I deeply regret the uncharitable attitude of the church in these matters, and the perverted interpretations of the bible that are trotted out to support people’s innate prejudices.
It is time we were all more honest about such things.
If your country were to recognise gay partnerships I believe it would be a matter of pride; it would show that you treat all your citizens with equal respect and it would make other countries see the Philippines as a force for good in the world.
Stop picking on people who are different. it’s a sign of weakness and fear, just as was the persecution of so-called witches in medieval times.
Let’s all grow up!

17. gee cee - June 2, 2007

saan ba puwedeng magpakasal ng same-sex sa pinas? balak na kasi namin ng Lolo kong magpakasal? thanks. gee

18. smp - October 2, 2007

it is easy to discriminate the LGBT when your not one of us

19. landz - October 8, 2007

I’m a gay and I have a partner which is like me. We’re both Filipino. We’ve been together for 10 years. Since same sex marriage is not allowed in our country, we got maried in Denmark. We live there for 3years and now we went here in the Philippines. So sad, same sex marriage is still not allowed here. The discrimination is still gong on.

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