Duterte opposes same-sex marriage, backs civil union instead - Palace

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President Rodrigo Duterte.

President Rodrigo Duterte. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 2) — President Rodrigo Duterte is among those who oppose same-sex marriage, but favors same-sex civil unions, a government official said Monday.

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said Duterte believes civil unions for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) community to be better in all aspects.

"Now if same-sex marriage ang pinag-uusapan pati si Presidente tutol po sa same-sex marriage pero yung union po pabor po diyan si Presidente para lang maayos yung iba't-ibang aspeto ng pagsasama ng kaparehong kasarinlan," Roque told the press Monday.

[Translation: Now if we're talking about same-sex marriage, the President is against it, but if it's a union, he is in favor of it, so the differents aspects of relationships between people of the same sex will be better.]

Roque added that he sees no possiblity for the same-sex marriage petition to reach passage in the Supreme Court based on the oral arguments.

"I don't think the current challenge of the Supreme Court questioning the constitutionality of the family code article 1 defining a marriage is between a man and a woman will actually succeed on the basis of the oral arguments conducted. Parang wala pong pag-asa na manalo 'yun sa Supreme court  [I don't think there is hope for the case to win in the Supreme Court], but I could be wrong," he added.

Roque's statement comes in contradiction to the claim of same-sex marriage petitioner Atty. Jesus Falcis, who said the Constitution does not limit marriage between opposite sexes.

"Nothing in Article XV or other provisions of the Constitution limits the definition of marriage as between a man and a woman," Falcis said on June 17 during his opening statement at the SC oral arguments on his petition filed in 2015.

READ: Lawyer: Constitution does not limit marriage between man and woman

During the oral arguments in June 26, Solicitor General Jose Calida maintained that the Constitution does not allow same-sex unions as determined by the Family Code.

Article 1 of the Family Code of the Philippines states that marriage is a union between a man and a woman.

The President has repeatedly changed his stance on the same-sex marriage argument, initially opposing the measure in March 2017. He later voiced his support for same-sex marriage in December the same year.

READ: Duterte to push for same-sex marriage, draws mixed reactions from various groups