Duterte makes a U-turn on same-sex mar­riage

New Straits Times - - World -

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

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