Philippines Supreme Court: homosexuality not immoral

Timothy Kincaid

February 27th, 2012

The Philippines is unique in one regard. Other than the Vatican City, it is the only nation with no provision for divorce. So instead Filipinos who simply cannot abide each other for another moment either legally separate or get an annulment. Inquirer News brings an interesting story about the process.

Judge Eliseo Campos, seeking to end his marriage in 2008, went for an annulment. His stated reason, which didn’t much please his wife, was that she had engaged in several affairs with other men but he didn’t object because he’s gay.

In addition to denying the affairs, the wife countered that he wasn’t really gay but wanted an annulment so he could marry another woman. Gay? Of course not. He was married and had a child.

And so, it seems, charges of dishonesty about being gay and immorality for being gay were brought against the judge. Now the Supreme Court has ruled and their findings on the matter are interesting.

The Philippines Supreme Court observed getting married and having children is not proof of heterosexuality. (This may seem like a no-brainer, but that bit of logic is the backbone of a good deal of anti-gay presumptions.) That the court distinguished between his lifestyle and his “true sexuality” reveals an understanding that promises future progress.

But as importantly, it declared that homosexuality was not an indication of immorality. This is a rather welcome position in a country with 70 – 80% of the population affiliated with the Catholic Church.


(Totally irrelevant, but I love that the leader of the Catholic Church in the Philippines is Cardinal Sin)

james

February 28th, 2012

As the surname of many Filipino families is from the Spanish colonial period, “sin” in Spanish means “without,” not, well, sin.

Charles

February 28th, 2012

Cardinal Sin died in June 2005.

james

February 28th, 2012

So the Philippines is without sin?

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