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Lawmakers nix same sex union bill

  • Written by Jester P. Manalastas With Ryan Ponce Pacpaco
  • Published in Nation
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THE same sex marriage proposal is passing through a needle eye in the House of Representatives.

Yesterday, four lawmakers thumbed down the idea of legalizing same sex union, which will be proposed by Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez.
Buhay Party-list Rep. Michael Velarde, despite being an ally of Alvarez, is not open to the idea for it will cause divisiveness.
Buhay Hayaang Yumabong (Buhay) party-list Rep. Mariano Michael Velarde Jr., son of El Shaddai leader Bro. Mike who heads  the Catholic Charismatic Group, said he is non-committal to the proposal of Alvarez to push same-sex marriage unless the purpose is cleared.
“We all have rights as individuals, institutions have rights. So we have to find the middle ground and look into the major effects of this proposal,” Velarde said during yesterday’s Ugnayan sa Batasan Media Forum.
“Family is a basic institution. If you will pursue same-sex marriage, how can you call it a family? Because marriage is solely for a man and a woman,”  he added.
Another administration solon, AANGAT TAYO Party-list Rep. Harlin Neil Abayon III also opposed the proposal.
In the same media forum, ACTS-OFW Party-list Rep. Aniceto Bertiz and COOP-NATCCO Rep. Anthony Bravo stated their opposition to Alvarez’s proposal.
“I stand no on the issue because basically you can change the Constitution, but you can’t change the law of nature. I stand on the basis that the Divine law cannot be violated and that the essence and  sanctity of marriage should be protected,” Bertiz said.
Bertiz and Bravo belongs to the House Minority group.
Earlier, Alvarez echoed his intention of filing a bill allowing the marriage of same sex for the purpose of legalizing their union.
Alvarez said it is about time to give the lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders (LGBT) the happiness they deserve.