In his usual conservative stance, Senate President Vicente Sotto III on Thursday aired his “doubts” that the lawmakers will push to legalize same-sex union in the Philippines despite Pope Francis’ pronouncement of support for it.
Sotto explained that same-sex union is already being practiced in the country. He, however, pointed out that the marriage of two people of the same sex is not legally accepted in the Philippines.
“Same-sex union is already being practiced here and there is nothing we can do about it. Same-sex marriage is the one which is not acceptable to many religions and other sectors,” he said in a text message.
“It’s just tolerated but not in the legal sense. We should leave it at that,” he added.
Asked if Pope Francis’ support to same-sex civil union will affect lawmakers’ stance in crafting law on this, Sotto replied “I doubt it.”
In a New York Times report, Pope Francis apparently expressed support for the civil union of two people of same-sex.
This was seen as “a significant break from his predecessors that staked out new ground for the church in its recognition of gay people.”
“What we have to create is a civil union law. That way they are legally covered,” Pope Francis said in the documentary “Francesco” as quoted by the New York Times.
The documentary debuted at the Rome Film Festival and he reiterated his view that gay people are children of God.
“I stood up for that,” the Pope was quoted as saying in the report.