Supreme Court junks Same Sex Marriage petition

Supreme Court junks Same Sex Marriage petition

The rights of the lesbian, gay, transgender, bisexual, and queer sector (LGBTQ++ sector) of the Philippine Society got a big setback.

The Highest Court of the land just handed down the decision dismissing the petition that sought to allow same-sex marriage in the Philippines.

Under the ponencia of Associate Justice Marvic Leonen,the Supreme Court (SC) dismissed the same-sex petition on account of lack of standing of petitioner Jesus Falcis, violation of principle of hierarchy of courts and failing to raise actual, justiciable controversy.

Same sex marriage petition was dismissed by the Supreme Court
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The SC was also holding Falcis and his counsels in indirect contempt for forgetting "bare rudiments of court procedure and decorum or worse, to purport to know them but really only to exploit them by way of propaganda."

In 2015, Falcis himself filed the petition, wherein he described himself in the pleading as "an open and self-identified homosexual."
Falcis asked the high court to declare as unconstitutional a portion of the Family Code of the Philippines which "define and limit marriage as between man and woman."

A setback for LGBT++ rights

The House of Representatives recently passed in third reading the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression “SOGIE” Equality bill and it is now pending in the Senate.

Principal author of the bill in the Senate is opposition and leftist senator Rissa Hontiveros, who also happens to be the Chairperson for the Senate Committee on Women, Children, Family Relations and Gender Equality.

Hontiveros, stresses the importance of a law that will protect people from sexual and gender-based discrimination and inequality, and laments that it is long overdue.

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