PRO life solon Lito Atienza yesterday welcomed the pronouncement of President Rodrigo Duterte that he is against same-sex marriages.
Atienza, representing Buhay Party-list, said that same-sex marriage should not be allowed in our culture, especially that the Philippines is pre-dominantly Catholic.
“President Duterte is correct in saying that same-sex marriages are not for us because we are a Catholic nation, aside from the legal aspect where the Civil Code provides for marriage between a man and a woman. Marriage should be for founding a family,” Atienza pointed out.
In his meeting with the Filipino community in Myanmar, Duterte said he is against same sex marriage.
According to Atienza, while respecting the rights of the couples to be happy or share affection, allowing them to get married is not acceptable under the law.
“Same-sex couples can share affection even without marriage,” Atienza added.
During the hearing of the Committee on Women and Gender Equality, Atienza had moved for the removal of the phrase “of any other kind of license” from section 4E of the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) bill, saying that this would have allowed the granting of a marriage license for same-sex couples.
The amendment was accepted by the bill’s proponents.
He also said while the rights of every person are already guaranteed and protected by the Constitution and is something that we recognize and respect, the sanctity of marriage between a man and a woman must be upheld and protected as an institution as it is the most basic foundation of the family.
“I have always considered people belonging to the LGBT community as some of my best friends. In fact, I grew up with them belonging to one dance troupe. I know that many of them don’t approve of same-sex marriage. And I have always looked at the LGBT community with respect. But same-sex marriage is against the Constitution, existing laws and especially the natural law,” Atienza said.
“We Filipinos should not really be copying Western culture. Even if they approve of it, majority of Filipinos don’t. It’s time Western countries look at us and start copying our culture,” he added.