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Our deepest gratitude January 4, 2007

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2006, for many of us, was a year of daunting challenges. The political situation was grim, civil liberties were being curtailed, and our political institutions faced a crisis of credibility and legitimacy. Economically, whatever growth that was happening did not produce enough jobs. That many of our members started working in call centers, which are notorious for their graveyard shifts, made even the possibility of organizing meetings and activities harder. For us in LAGABLAB, the whole scenario made our work more difficult: in a situation where democracy is threatened, pushing for a human rights agenda, especially LGBT rights, is all the more difficult.

Yet 2006 was also a year of small victories. We were able to pressure the Senate to hold a committee hearing on the anti-discrimination bills pending before the Committee on Labor, Employment and Human Resources Development, a first in Philippine LGBT history. The community also stood up against a restaurant that wanted to stifle our diversity and our rights. Last month, despite logistical difficulties, the Filipino LGBT successfully celebrated the 2006 Pride March in Manila City, which happens to be the ‘turf’ of a homophobic congressman who kept on blocking the passage of the Anti-Discrimination Bill in the House of Representatives.

Indeed, despite the challenges, the LGBT community and its allies have proven anew that solidarity and imagination can triumph over hatred and stigma. For those who helped achieve these gains, LAGABLAB is truly and deeply grateful. Maraming salamat sa inyong lahat!

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1. vic - January 5, 2007

I’d like to see the day, when all citizens and nationals, regardless of sex, religion, age, colour, disabilities and sexual orientation have the same rights and privileges, and be treated equally before and under the Law.

It pains me to no end, that it takes me and almost half a million of Filipino Descents to experience such freedoms and rights in our adapted country while the rest of our country men and women are still stuggling to earn the rights that are rightfully theirs in their very own country.

I would like to call on all lawmakers, churches, and all segment of societies to put their prejudices and biases asides, their homophobias, and create a society where tolerance and acceptance of each others are natural. We did, and we have now passed that stage and it just makes us much stronger and progressive and peaceful and at peace with our selves. Thank you all and may the year 2007 the best ever…

2. ryan - January 18, 2007

this website is highly informative as it has so much resources on the situation of lgbt rights advocacy in the philippines. ive been geographically detached from the movement in the philippines. this website helps me get me reconnected through the updates and action appeals. keep up the good work!

3. vic - February 12, 2007

Again, here is one for Representative Abante and those who still believe that denying the different segments of society their rights to Equality, is their rights.

Once again, I must emphasized here, that I belong to the Conservative Party and that during the campaign and the long debates, my party was against same sex marriage, but supports anti-discrimination in any form, but the courts had decided that we can’t have our cake and eat it too. Now, everyone agree that having the rights entrenched into the law is the right thing to do…

Health minister reveals plans to marry his long-time partner
Feb 12, 2007 04:30 AM Rob Ferguson
Robert Benzie
Queen’s Park Bureau
NIAGARA FALLS, ONT.–Maybe it was spending the weekend in this honeymoon capital that inspired George Smitherman, Ontario’s first openly gay cabinet minister, to reveal his summer wedding date.
Smitherman, deputy premier and health minister who turns 43 today, told the Star the nuptials will take place Aug. 5 at a wilderness resort west of Sudbury. He and his long-time partner, Christopher Peloso, a 33-year-old manager of retail operations for chocolate company Lindt Canada, were quietly engaged on Christmas Day.

“It’s not all that big a deal now,” said Smitherman, praising gay and lesbian pioneers who have been fighting for equal rights for years.

Same-sex marriage has been effectively legal in Canada since 2002, and was entrenched in law in 2005.

Smitherman, who became Ontario’s first openly gay MPP in 1999, has been an outspoken advocate in favour of it.

Click or copy and paste for more details:
http://www.thestar.com/News/article/180711

4. Nelson - February 26, 2007

>>Once again, I must emphasized (sic) here, that I belong to the Conservative Party and that during the campaign and the long debates, my party was against same sex marriage, but supports anti-discrimination in any form, but the courts had decided that we can’t have our cake and eat it too.

Well DUH??? Isn’t it discriminatory to deny marriage to gay people who are in loving relationships, who’d want to be with each other and be partnered to each other for the rest of their lives? The courts were right — you CAN’T have your cake and eat it too!

>>Now, everyone agree (sic) that having the rights entrenched into the law is the right thing to do…

Of course, and it is in accordance with the Charter of Rights in Canada! It was deemed unconstitutional to deny marriage to gays, which are still considered to be a minority. What the Charter ensures is that everyone (whites, First Nations, immigrants, gays and lesbians) will be given equal opportunities to express their rights–and tell me–is that so bad???

5. vic - February 27, 2007

Nelson, During the long debates we had on this issue, we all had the opportunities to voice our sides, and we can’t just expect it to be an easy journey. I had reside in this country for so long, more than 3 decades, and we have a process for everything. We have evolved. I was here before the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and experienced all kind of discriminations. As I clearly stated in my comments, I am a member of the Conservative Party and I supported my party stand, but we are a Democracy and we go by the rule of law. Now the courts had decided that same-sex marriage is legal and we agree with the courts and support the ruling and now the issue is to safeguard the law that it will not be used by some to benefits from it illegally. By that I mean couples getting married to take advantage of Tax benefits, marriage exemptions, etc, other than loving relationships.

If you have read my comments against Justice Isagani Cruz when he wrote a column which I deemed not only discriminatory, but I condidered racist, you should know where I’m coming from when it comes to the Human Rights Issues. I’m quite proud of my own personal fight against discriminations and human right abuses, and when my side on the issue got beat we take the beatings and join the winners to celebrate their triumphs instead of feeling ill…

6. vic - March 3, 2007

Equality—Gay Survivors Win Benefits
The Supreme Court of Canada says it was UNCONSTITUTIONAL for Canada Pension Plan to deny Survivors Benefits to Gays and Lesbian, ending one of the last Battles for Equality for Homosexuals.

But instead of ordering the Federal Government of Retro-active payments of Benefits to l985 when the Guarantee of Equality first come into force, the SC bowed to the choice of the Parliament to limit payment back to 2000 when the Government first tried to update its discriminatory law to include Sexual Orientation.

The ruling means the federal government will now pay out about $50 million to $75 million in back payments to about 1,000 gay and lesbian individuals whose spouses are deceased. From now on, those surviving spouses will continue to receive monthly cheques averaging about $500.

Of the 1,500 people who originally joined the class action against the federal government, about 500 have since died, and their estates are not entitled to claim the benefits, the court ruled.

In 1985, the Charter, which protects against discrimination on grounds such as age, colour, race or sex, did not specifically include sexual orientation
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Equality Rights: Charter Or Rights and Freedoms-

15. (1) Every individual is equal before and under the law and has the right to the equal protection and equal benefit of the law without discrimination and, in particular, without discrimination based on race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, age or mental or physical disability.

(2) Subsection (1) does not preclude any law, program or activity that has as its object the amelioration of conditions of disadvantaged individuals or groups including those that are disadvantaged because of race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, age or mental or physical disability.

But over the years, the Supreme Court of Canada “read in” such protection, and ruled the Charter does prohibit such unequal treatment against homosexuals. The biggest case was M v H in 1999, when the high court extended spousal support payments under family law to same-sex couples.

In yesterday’s ruling, Justices Louis LeBel and Marshall Rothstein wrote that the federal government – whose job it is to decide “the distribution of government resources” – was attempting to correct a wrong soon after that 1999 ruling. They said it acted in “good faith” given the legal uncertainty that existed up until that point, stressing the fact that the law was evolving.

“Just as ignorance of the law is no excuse for an individual who breaks the law, ignorance of the Constitution is no excuse for governments. But where a judicial ruling changes the existing law or creates new law, it may, under certain conditions, be inappropriate to hold the government retroactively liable.”

Under the current Chief Justice, the trend of court when face with rights claims and remedies that entails considerable spending, it has the tendency to be much more differential to the expertise of the legislature and the legislative choices.

The Decision although may not all what the claimants want, is still a landmark for now the Equality among individuals is complete…
http://www.thestar.com/News/article/187482
posted by vic @ 8:16 AM 0 comments

7. John Webb - June 1, 2007

Read Leviticus 20 : 13 . ( Old Testament ) if you will .

8. vic - June 6, 2007

that was an old book written by man also, i prefer a new one written written by man, our charter of rights and freedoms


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