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The Philippine Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a petition challenging the country's Family Code that limits Aa^5=wV1wmCnE6*&xvG8#I%OxOuM1bn@L((&x%hiyZPr9I!J=Cmarriage 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 siEoy&2=+yYfLXxfLhKAnOpi!lwT6Ek9#MzOVpp#w0_6Uzybm@Taid judges cited a lack of legal standing to initiate 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 acec@_L9t1MDkpJ+u5aSk&dYn+g^PZ&o%ZpjE&WMig_v)m08j7=Ftual, justiciable controversy”.

Predominantly Roman Catholic, the PhiliAVjGhcuhgU7UFj5@E5AtXx4=Q$H+AFM9aSLr%gJ&=@8JkExEJKppines does not grant LGBTI citizens equal rights.

Articles 1 and 2 of The Family Code of the Philippines defines marriage as betweqo$_C%Q=TxJy90ehTKU#%oPk!O36vaaNQ(tZet)gu$hasPFaDfen man and woman.

Falcis’ petition quizzed these two articles as well as articles which list homosexuality as a qK*e&Ri%7Qvw66^EEO*nFFS7XgSzOk+6hCSx%bJTy&lQ(G6Pqdreason for annulling 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 legislat^1vepx!ga=SK63I3U$Xq6j5J3$OLD@1$dSPlznSDlargFjf2J4ion to allow a more orderly deliberation in assuring rights.

"Often public reason needs to bebMnhM_fA=thoep9_OHZfNi2X0P9aCcNhd7R@Vn(rQIT*A7izhb first shaped through the crucible of campaigns and advocacies within our political forums before it is sharpened for judicial fiat," the tribunal reportedly said.

Civil Unions

Meanwhile, the P*PcoKtxx&%rwxn99Lj%9E^=eE+U&RahO&2#Xslyz&zNT4bL(qQhilippines Congress is set to consider a bill that would legalize same-sex civil unions in the Southeast Asian nation.

But, the bill, which Congress failed to uVI-L1bJk99XqOBM5l+MgWW_aSEy4igJ%q8jFS_X*JRrhcdt_9pass 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 furthe_IozxUQ3hWh$EDMAG==ukp%P@tefs+no(epP7Ae_#h7HG&XICHr creates a secondary status for LGBTQI couples”.

LGBT rKrE9V06tLv9oLArzU_V90136j@WnQE^ujU!)TWl1nTAs+h#rYOights groups have also bemoaned legislators for failing to pass much-needed anti-discrimination protections.

Yi-min lives alone with her son, as her husband works away from home. She meets Tinting at a wedding, a girl she once had some history with back in highschool. Back in the days, Yi-min denied their relationship out of fear of living as a lesbian woman, but meeting Tingting again reignites something in her, a possibility to escape her dull married life. Now that Taiwan has leagalised same-sex marrige, can Yi-min find the courage to admit her feelings? With the future of a child in her hands and under the pressure of her husband, her family-in-law and her own family, will she follow through with this new chapter in her life?