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LGBT Groups Disappointed At Duterte's Stand Vs. Same-Sex Marriage

'Kung saan ka pinuwesto ng Diyos, diyan ka lang'
by Andrei Medina | Mar 24, 2017
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The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community has expressed its collective dismay at President Rodrigo Duterte over his sudden backtracking regarding his stand on same-sex marriage.

The LGBT community appears to have been both shocked and confused by the recent statement of the tough-talking President who was previously considered by the community as an ally of same-sex marriage, the Inquirer reports.

Over the weekend, Duterte made a statement to the Filipino community in Burma where he basically contradicted his previous leaning for same-sex marriage.

During the event, he explained after citing an item in Time Magazine that same-sex marriage is not possible in the country since we are predominantly Catholic.

“And there is a Civil Code, which says you can only marry a woman to a man. Yan ang batas... Kung saan ka pinuwesto ng Diyos, diyan ka lang,” he said.

This statement was welcomed by the Catholic Church which Duterte is currently at odds with.

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Duterte has stated during the campaign period last year that he was open to the idea of same-sex marriage and would consider legalizing it if he won the presidency.

He also said during a talk show interview back in 2015 that same-sex marriage was “good” because “everyone deserves to be happy.”

 

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