SC junks same sex marriage petition 'with finality'

SC junks same sex marriage petition 'with finality'

The highest court of the land has spoken, and so it shall stay that way until it can be overturned.

The Philippine Supreme Court (SC) has junked with finality the petition seeking to legalize same sex marriage in the country.

In a notice issued by the Supreme Court last December 10 and was made available yesterday, denied “with finality the said motion for reconsideration as no substantial arguments were presented to warrant the reversal of the questioned decision.”

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It was last October 2015, that Attorney Jesus Nicardo Falcis III , on open gay lawyer , filed the petition before the High Tribunal seeking to strike down the prohibitions against legalizing same sex marriage under the Family Code.

Falcis’ petition was unanimously denied by the SC, finding the petitioner lack of legal standing, violation of the principle of hierarchy of courts and failure to raise an actual, justiciable controversy, last September

In a bid to reverse the decision of the High Court , Falcis filed a Motion for Partial Reconsideration dated Nov. 14, 2019.

“No further pleadings or motions will be entertained,” said SC Clerk of Court Edgar Aricheta.

The SC during the oral arguments on the issue of violating the honored principle of “hierarchy of courts”, the court cited that the gay activist  in the United States of America followed the hierarchy of courts before reaching the Supreme Court, where they won the petition calling for the same sex marriage case.

In the decision, the SC said that it is aware of the struggles of the LGBT community, but the issue can be properly address by Congress through a legislation of a law.

The SC, through Associate Justice Marvic Leonen who penned the decision, had said “same-sex couples may morally claim that they have a right against discrimination for their choice of relationships and that official recognition of their partnerships may, for now, be a matter that should be addressed to Congress.”

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