Tempo - - News - (Ben R. Rosario)

The lead­er­ship of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives has placed the con­tro­ver­sial pro­posal for the le­gal­iza­tion of same-sex civil union in the list of pri­or­i­ties in the mid-term ses­sion of the 17th Congress that starts July 24, but this time, the bill will cover live-in het­ero­sex­ual cou­ples who do not want to be le­gally hitched.

In a press con­fer­ence, House Deputy Speaker and Cebu City Rep. Gwen­dolyn Gar­cia said the lead­er­ship wanted to “ad­dress the chang­ing re­al­i­ties of our times,” thus, it will present a mea­sure that would al­low ei­ther same sex or het­ero­sex­ual cou­ples to en­joy same ben­e­fits as le­gally mar­ried cou­ples such as joint own­er­ship of prop­er­ties and adop­tion of chil­dren.

“The re­al­ity of our times is that there are het­ero­sex­u­als who want to stay un­mar­ried and will live to­gether,” said Gar­cia.

Gar­cia, to­gether with House Deputy Speaker and Capiz Rep. Fre­de­nil Cas­tro and Quirino Rep. Dax Cua, said the House will also pri­or­i­tize the pro­posed ₱10bil­lion sup­ple­men­tal bud­get to re­build Marawi City, the 2018 na­tional bud­get, Char­ter change, the sim­pli­fied in­come tax bill, and the pro­posed post­pone­ment of the Oc­to­ber 2017 barangay and Sang­gu­ni­ang Ka­bataan elec­tions.

Cas­tro as­sured the pub­lic that all pri­or­ity leg­isla­tive pro­pos­als will un­dergo sim­i­lar scru­tiny as the other bills, adding that all con­cerned sec­tors will be con­sulted, es­pe­cially the pro­posed civil union bill.

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