Church leaders have registered their opposition to the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression Equality (SOGIE) bill which aims to prevent acts of discrimination against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) community.
Nelson Dangan, General Secretary of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of the Philippines during the initial deliberations of the House Committee on Women and Gender Equality into 15 SOGIE bills on Friday warned legislators of approving the measure, saying this will bring the “wrath of God” to the Philippines.
Dangan said that just like Sodom and Gomorrah, the country could be destroyed if it allows the passage of SOGIE bill.
“If we are going to approve this bill, let us expect Philippines will be like Sodom and Gomorrah,” he said.
Dangan said the acceptance of homosexuality and the SOGIE bill that he said promotes homosexuality violate the divine order and essence of human creation.
He cautioned lawmakers against passing the bill and appealed against crafting bills that are “anti-God.”
“If we are going to approve the SOGIE bill, we violate the will of God and we are inviting the wrath of God to come to the Philippines,” he added.
The Philippine for Jesus Movement represented by Bishop Leo Alconga also opposes the measure, with Alconga saying bills should be crafted in accordance to God’s word and the constitution.
In a position paper, the Jesus is Lord Movement registered its opposition to the measure and urged government to direct its efforts in examining existing laws addressing discriminatory acts against the LGBT and come up with a more specific bill for the abuses and violence not currently covered by existing legislation.