Same Sex Marriage Related Literature Review

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CHAPTER 2 REVIEW OF RELATED LITERATURE AND STUDIES Introduction In this chapter, it discusses the opinions, certain points and Religious Point Of View. Furthermore, this section explains what gay marriage means and the people who are in favor of Same-Sex Marriage. Review of Related Literatures Same-sex unions in the Philippines started with lesbians in 1991 with Fr. Richard Mickley. In Baguio City, the first recorded same sex union was solemnized in 2003, benefiting a gay couple. (Ramo, 2011) Last 2011, same-sex marriage ceremony officiated by pastors Mike Sotero, Egay Constantino, Ceejay Agbayani and Regen Luna of Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) for eight gay couples in Baguio City became an issue. (Catajan, 2011) Regarding the said issue,…show more content…
Former University of the Philippines College of Law dean Pacifico Agabin said the concept of marriage under the Family Code as a contract between a man and a woman is obsolete. He explained that this concept, which is considered a major stumbling block for same sex marriage in the country to prosper, violates the equal protection clause of the Constitution. Retired Supreme Court Associate Justice Jose Vitug believes that same sex marriage in the country still has a long way to go. He pointed out that while the trend worldwide is legalizing same sex marriages, the Philippines is taking the opposite path. (Punay,…show more content…
It is regarded as a legal partnership between male-male or female-female relationships. (Anonymous, n.d.) In the Philippines, same-sex marriage is considered as taboo. According to Conde (2017), allowing same-sex marriage would enable gays and lesbians in the Philippines to marry the person they love and would strengthen everyone’s rights. Further, he stated that by broadening civil marriage to couples of the same sex demonstrates respect for the fundamental rights of equality and nondiscrimination. Likewise, Pascual (2015) stated that same-sex marriage in the Philippines will not happen soon due to a survey result wherein 8 out of 10 Filipinos oppose this said union. He added that due to the Roman Catholic faith that is predominant in the country, the proposition of a law that will cater same-sex marriage will be a bumpy work. Meanwhile as to Retired Supreme Court Justice Pacifico Agabin as reported by Rosero (2015), the Family Code of the Philippines needed updating, especially its provisions on marriage. He expounded that concept of marriage as a contract between a man and a woman aside from being obsolete, violates the equal protection clause of the Constitution. He concluded that by barring the lesbians, the gays, the transsexuals and homosexuals from the civil right to marry would violate the guarantee of equal

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