Duterte makes a U-turn on same-sex marriage
MANILA: The Philippines will not legalise same-sex marriage anytime soon, President Rodrigo Duterte said, reversing a campaign promise in which he pledged to support legislation to allow gay unions.
Duterte stressed that the country was Asia’s bastion of Roman Catholicism, which steadfastly opposed same-sex marriage.
He pointed to a recent issue of Time magazine that tackled gender issues, featuring a transgender woman on its cover.
“That is their culture,” he said, referring to other countries where the US magazine circulates.
“That’s for them. That can’t apply to us, because we are Catholics,” Duterte said in a lengthy speech on Sunday to the small Filipino community in Myanmar, where he arrived as part of a visit to bolster regional ties. NYT