Palace: We have no position on same-sex marriage

Posted at 02/16/14 4:47 PM

MANILA -- Malacanang won’t take a stand on nor initiate the drafting of a law that will allow same-sex marriages in the Philippines.

In an interview with radio dzRB, Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said it is not yet the time to discuss the issue.

“Wala po kaming posisyon at wala po kaming inisyatiba hinggil diyan,” he said, adding that if there will be any initiative, it will come from Congress. “Kailangan po ng pagbabago ng batas at 'yan po ay pangunahing responsibilidad ng ating mambabatas. Hihintayin na lang po natin kung sa paniwala ng ating mga kinatawan at mambabatas, ito ay makabubuti.”

The wedding proposal of singer-actress Aiza Seguerra to girlfriend Liza Diño has inspired some quarters to again raise the issue of same-sex marriages in the Philippines.

The couple will most likely take advantage of the same-sex statutes in California where Diño is based.

Seguerra and Diño won't be the first same-sex Filipino couple to get married. Last year, film director Jun Lana and television executive Perci Intalan married in New York.

The Philippines is mainly Catholic, which has, in the past, taken aggressive stand against similar issues.