Supreme Court junks same-sex marriage petition

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Posted at Sep 03 2019 02:39 PM | Updated as of Sep 03 2019 05:36 PM

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MANILA - The Supreme Court has dismissed a petition that sought to allow same-sex marriage in the Philippines.

In a decision penned by Associate Justice Marvic Leonen, the high court dismissed the same-sex petition on account of lack of standing of petitioner Jesus Falcis, violation of principle of hierarchy of courts and failing to raise actual, justiciable controversy.

The SC was also holding Falcis and his counsels in indirect contempt for forgetting "bare rudiments of court procedure and decorum or worse, to purport to know them but really only to exploit them by way of propaganda."

Falcis filed the petition in 2015. He described himself in the pleading as "an open and self-identified homosexual."

Falcis asked the high court to declare as unconstitutional a portion of the Family Code of the Philippines which "define and limit marriage as between man and woman."