Archbishop Oscar Cruz reiterates argument vs. same-sex marriage: "What is there to come from it? Nothing! They are two. They remain two. They die

GMA-7’s Unang Balita segment in the morning show Unang Hirit reports that in light of Pope Benedict XVI’s statement that same-sex marriages "threaten the future of humanity," members of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) are once again reiterating their position on the same subject.

 

GMA-7’s Unang Balita segment in the morning show Unang Hirit reports that in light of Pope Benedict XVI’s statement that same-sex marriages "threaten the future of humanity," members of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) are once again reiterating their position on the same subject.

 

In an interview with GMA News, Archbishop Oscar Cruz said that even if he were to say that he has no problems with the lesbian, gay, transgender, and bisexual (LGBT) community, he emphasized that he still didn’t see any possibility of a same-sex couple being in a "union." He pointed out that a gay couple wouldn’t be able to procreate. "What is there to come from it? Nothing! They are two. They remain two. They die two," he declared.

 

Some netizens observed that Cruz’s statement could easily be misinterpreted. Some cited couples who could not have children. Pastor CJ Agbayani of the Metropolitan Community Church, which conducts wedding ceremonies for same-sex couples, responded to Cruz’s statement by saying that procreation isn’t necessarily the end-all and be-all of a marriage. He said that many gay couples love each other and want to be in committed relationship.

 

For his part, Prof. Danton Remoto, chairman emeritus of Ladlad, an LGBT organization, said, "Part of basic rights ito ng mga tao. ’Di naman talaga marriage [per se]. Parang sabihin natin domestic partnership or civil union. Mabigyan lang ng mga karaatan na nakukuha din ng mga heterosexual partners (It’s part of basic human rights. It’s not necessarily marriage per se. Let’s say a domestic partnership or a civil union. Just so gay couples also have the same rights given to heterosexual couples)."

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