Same- sex marriage in Baguio draws criticisms

Posted at 06/26/11 3:32 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Eight pairs of lesbians and gays got married in Baguio City on Saturday amid oppositions from the Catholic Church and a group of pastors from Baguio and Benguet.

The Guiding Light Christian Church maintained that marriage should be between a man and woman only.

But the Metropolitan Community Church, who held the ceremony, said it did not violate any law and that the wedding was legal.

This came amid news that New York City has also legalized gay marriage. It became the sixth state in the United States to do so.

LGBT rights

On Sunday, the Baguio Pride Network, lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender (LGBT) group, celebrated its anniversary by holding a protest action and demanding equal rights.

The Baguio Pride Network also called on the government to stop the killings of LGBT members.

The group claimed that 104 LGBTs have been killed from January to June of this year.

Meanwhile, Bayan Muna Rep. Teddy Casiño, who attended the event, said his priority right now is to push for the passage of his anti-discrimination bill instead of passing a resolution making same-sex marriage in the country legal.

Casiño said his bill has been pending at the House of Representatives for almost a year now. – Report from Maira Wallis, ABS-CBN News Northern Luzon