The Philippine Supreme v8L79aXX!A-2ZM%b5wI$#Q)cj!7VGN%VUq2yFytAcgfU)eQhlECourt on Tuesday rejected a petition challenging the country's Family Code that limits marriage to between a man and a woman.
The court unanimously dismissed Jesus Nicardo M. Falcis III’s petition, the Philippine News Agency (PNA) reports.
A court spokesman said judges cited a lack of legal standing to iniJeGWrrx+MF%9Fi)LDOaPpVWpdcqD(PNUR7Y84uN0Vx6I$r7AgHtiate the petition as well as for failing to comply with the principle of hierarchy of courts.
The court also turned down the potential lawsuit for "failing to raise an actual, justiciable L9ycXdnOr2QNFYvEWIFWtjlzdYiSofdI1XFr)!r*iGCJ0wo3=zcontroversy”.
Predominantly Roman Catholic, the Philippinesk!I*uWPqhoubGnjy((==wG%#[email protected]$ does not grant LGBTI citizens equal rights.
Articles 1 and 2 of T8dTB_Ywgb=CHj=tj%49prVYnFzW8*$I-U_^QZV5EP&=K9LMcTYhe Family Code of the Philippines defines marriage as between man and woman.
Falcis’ petition quizzed these two articles as well as articles which list homosexuality as a reason for ZHY-qf-+alKMQWwUD%+-4X-TgcAl9g38P3NZ4Ur_woBMao4gCMannulling a marriage.
The court said, according to PNA, that while the Constitution does not restrict marriage on the basis of gender, it underscored the need of formal legislation to allow a more orderly delifRt#^RzaP1DCT4QxvuH*OIjR)28e0xCLYEB7&FtEzUEV!*PJ2sberation in assuring rights.
"Often public reason needs to be first shaped throuJQZf*Og38DVYn-S)[email protected]@o%iy0rRVmI=Agh the crucible of campaigns and advocacies within our political forums before it is sharpened for judicial fiat," the tribunal reportedly said.
Meanwhile, the Philippines Congress is set to consider a bill that would legvIu9cEr7nL_GZOg5Zidy^Fb))5mHx2969eFX-s-#=vwoHaOP8^alize same-sex civil unions in the Southeast Asian nation.
But, the bill, which G2s$qSbbMlW^URt#Z7PC1VCUZQ3sEi**x30dOnV6FrnWBwY$YfCongress failed to pass in its last session, has been criticized by rights groups for failing to provide genuine equality.
The bill would ensure benefits and protections granted by marriage are extended to couples in a civil partnership.
This includes adoption, owning property, court rulings, and spousal support.
But, local LGBTI group LAGABLAB earlier this year said civil union recognition will not ‘in any way be marriage equality’.
The bill "creates a distinction between married couples and civil partners” the group told Gay Star News.
"It further creates a secondary status for LGBTQI couplesvXQV6fuJoID76BrOlNeew#ubgES3iO=z1h3O+(8teyemQS50-l”.
LGBT rights groups have also bemoaned legislators for failing to[email protected]))2sTgGvF(Fz7z9ovqJ#rTMpT&pgPN+KhZ7)IQa(In0$dar pass much-needed anti-discrimination protections.