CHR urges LGBT+ community to 'press on' after SC junks same-sex marriage

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Posted at Jan 09 2020 06:12 PM

Hindi ininda ng mga miyembro at kaalyado ng lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) community sa Pilipinas ang ulan para ibandera ang kanilang karapatan sa LGBT Pride March sa Marikina. MJ Felipe, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - The Commission on Human Rights urged members of the LGBT+ community to continue with their fight for equal rights despite the recent decision of the Supreme Court.

"One with the cause, we encourage the LGBTQI community and its allies to press on in spite of this hurdle and continuously find ways to claim the right to be treated justly as humans whose rights are equal with everyone else," CHR spokesperson Atty. Jacqueline Ann de Guia, in a statement.

The Supreme Court on Monday denied with finality a motion for reconsideration filed by Jesus Falcis and other LGBT advocates seeking recognition of same-sex marriage in the Philippines.

De Guia said the CHR respects the recent SC decision, but hopes the Court recognized the "long history of struggles" of the LGBT+ community who seeks equality and freedom from discrimination.

"Despite the decision, we find hope that the Court recognised the long history of the struggles of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and other gender and sexual minorities (LGBTQI) for equality, including freedom from being discriminated for their choice of relationship," De Guia said.

The CHR also called on the government to review current laws on marriage to ensure the provisions do not discriminate against certain groups.

"We also call on the government, particularly Congress, to review current laws and policies that apply to this matter and ensure that provisions be free of language that may discriminate and perpetuate violences against specific groups, more so if they are already vulnerable and marginalised under current contexts," De Guia said.

The country's existing laws limit marriages between man and woman as mandated in the Family Code.

The Family Code also mentions homosexuality or lesbianism as grounds for annulment and legal separation.