Contrary to his campaign promise to back legislative measures allowing same-sex civil marriages in the Philippines, President Duterte has apparently changed his mind.
In his speech before the Filipino community in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, Duterte said that implores the state to recognize same-sex unions are ideas insisted by Europeans and are not applicable in the Philippine setting where majority of the population are Catholics.
“Same-sex marriage is only for them, Europeans. That can’t be applied to us, we’re Catholics. And there is the civil code, which is you can only marry a woman for me, and for woman to marry a man. That’s the law in the Philippines,” he said.
While respecting homosexuals in his own family, Duterte said that males are for females, citing the theological aspect of the natural law.
“I have two brothers-in-law who are gay. I have cousins who are gay, I have nothing against them, but you have to stick to where God placed you,” the President said.
“Let us not erase the great divide between a woman and a man,” he added.
During the campaign season, Duterte said that he will likely entertain the thought of approving any legislative measure on same-sex marriage in the Philippines.