CBCP targets gay rights provisions in anti-discrimination bill, fears it may pave the way for same-sex marriages

Inquirer.net reports that Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) is now opposing Senate Bill (SB) 2814, known as Anti-Ethnic, Racial or Religious Discrimination and Profiling Act of 2011anti-discrimination bill.

Inquirer.net reports that Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) is now opposing  Senate Bill (SB) 2814, known as Anti-Ethnic, Racial or Religious Discrimination and Profiling Act of 2011anti-discrimination bill. The CBCP fears that "the possible enactment of the bill into law would open the door for the legalization of same sex marriages." The Senate has recently passed on third reading the bill which is after penalizing all forms of discrimination.

 

In a forum held in Greenhills, San Juan City, on Wednesday (December 7), CBCP lawyer Ronald Reyes said they had "no qualms about the bill before but became concerned when the bill was amended and ’sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity’ were included." Reyes declared: "It's opening the door for same sex marriages, which our country doesn’t allow. This is alarming and it might change our society."

 

Reyes’ fellow CBCP lawyer Jo Imbong added that "the LGBT (lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender) should not be considered the same as the elderly, the handicapped, and the poor." She pointed out:  "These people are disadvantaged not by their own choice. But the third sex, they choose this. How can you give protection to a choice like that?"

 

Imbong went on to say that SB 2814 violated religious freedom and "would hinder the Church from teaching what it believed to be right or wrong." According to the Inquirer.net report, Imbong also alleged that under the bill, "the priest who refused to officiate same sex marriages may be fined with P500,000 and jailed for 25 years."

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Inquirer.net likewise noted that Antipolo Bishop Gabriel Reyes revealed that the CBCP’s Episcopal Commission on Family and Life has been appealing to the Senate and Congress to exclude the LGBT from the bill.

 

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