THE proposed same sex marriage bill of Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez got the thumbs down from the House Minority Group.
Minority Leader Danilo Suarez said he refused to co-author the measure even if its authored by no less than the Speaker.
Suarez said the proposal is against the Constitution and even to the strong belief of Catholics that God only allows the union of man and woman.
Seventeen out of the 18 members of the opposition are united in rejecting the bill.
Only Kabayan Rep. Harry Roque is for it.
“Kung masaya naman silang (same sex) nagsasama hayaan na lang sila, pero kung ikakasal pa baka hindi na maganda,” Suarez said, adding that children of the families are the one affected by the situation.
Buhay party-list Rep. Lito Atienza said that while they respect the rights of every one to be happy, same sex marriage should not be legalized.
“Marriage, as defined by law, is a union between a man and a woman. We are ready to defend the rights of anyone especially those in the LGBT community. But marriage should exclusively be, as intended by nature, for a man and a woman,” Atieza said.
Earlier, Alvarez ordered his legal staff to start drafting the same sex marriage bill, which if passed into law will be the first to allow couples of the same sex to be married in civil rites.
According to Alvarez, it is about time to respect the right of the lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders (LGBT) to marry their partners.
Such measure, like the Divorce bill, is expected to divide the nation, which is predominantly Catholic.
“Bakit naman natin ipagkakait sa ating mga kapatid na LGBT ang kaligayahan na gusto nila. Gusto ko lang ipakita na ginagalang natin at nakikiisa tayo sa mga LGBT at para rin yung dignity nila ay masuportahan,” Alvarez said.
Roque for his part expressed strong support for the measure saying that there are issues that only a person can decide.
“Para sa akin, part ng human rights ay ang magdesisyon ka kung sino ang mamahalin mo, sino papakasalan mo. May karapatan ang bawat tao na pumili kung sino gusto nila makasama,” Roque added.