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20 Dec 2017

Philippine President expresses support for gay marriage

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte U-turns and expresses support for same-sex marriage.

In an about-face after previously opposing same-sex unions, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday said he supported them at an LGBT gathering in Davao City, according to Channel News Asia.

"I said I am for (same) sex marriage if that is the trend of the modern times," he said. "If that will add to your happiness, I am for it."


"Why impose a morality that is no longer working and almost passed," Duterte asked, and asked the LGBT to find a representative he could appoint to a government post.



The move is likely to irk powerful Roman Catholic bishops in the country who have opposed his violent crackdown on drugs.


The president’s top ally in congress earlier this year drew criticism from church leaders after saying he would push for same-sex marriage legislation.

Reader's Comments

1. 2017-12-20 20:35  
This is in stark contrast to the Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao, who called gay people ‘worse than animals’.

2. 2017-12-20 23:11  
Those Anti-Gay marriage , hate and prohibit gay marriage are as like Animal , having Animal Lust , immoral, no wisdom, untrue, having no love, no enlightenment, and unnatural

They are barbarian, Dirty Trash, devilish , evil, jerk, wicked , blind liver and false religion
Comment edited on 2017-12-20 23:27:29
3. 2017-12-21 02:20  
well - THIS is fascinating.
4. 2017-12-21 03:44  
I am glad President Duterte has gotten on board the rainbow train! I just hope that he isn't talked into a U-turn again after people have come out of the closet.
I am very proud of him as this has been a brave and hard decision for a leader of a predominantly Catholic society to do. This is very forward thinking on his part. I wish all the LGBT community in the Philipines the very best!
5. 2017-12-21 21:51  
Duterte has an intense dislike for the established Catholic church I think this is less about Gay rights than it is angering them. Duterte also has an appalling human rights records for drug users, still if he does introduce gay marriage even out of spite it's step in the right direction.

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