Catholic nun supports SOGIE equality bill : No 'special rights' given

Catholic nun supports SOGIE equality bill : No 'special rights' given

The irony of irony, and to think we should be considered the last bastion of Christianity in Asia.

A Catholic nun, Sister Mary john Mananzan was in the Senate hearing on the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity or Expression (SOGIE) Equality Bill and she defended the proposed bill saying it does not give “special rights” to a certain group in society.

Sister Mary John Mananzan, a Catholic nun running an all-girls school in the capital Manila, said the proposed Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity or Expression (SOGIE) Equality Bill merely addresses the concerns of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community, which has historically faced discrimination in Philippine society.

Sister Mary John Mananzan in attendance in the Senate hearing in support to opposition senator Rissa Hontiveros' SOGIE bill.
(photo credit to ABS-CBN)

“I don’t see that this bill is giving any special right to this group. They are just saying that the rights of everybody should also be applied to them,” Mananzan said in a Senate hearing in support of the proposed bill of opposition Sen. Risa Hontiveros.
“As a religious woman I believe in the respect, compassion, and reverence for all persons because I believe they were all made in the image and likeness of God.”
She explained that heterosexual men would not normally demand equal treatment because "it is a fact that they are not discriminated against as gender."

"Therefore, it is really the one that is discriminated against that is the focus of our attention," Mananzan said.
"Even if we are really against the discrimination of anybody, sometimes you have to focus on groups of people that are actually suffering discrimination and violence."

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