After the much publicized legalization of same sex marriage in New York, another hot issue and much debated topic surfaced as the news of same sex holy union (or marriage) was performed on June 25, 2011 by Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) for its Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community in Baguio City, Philippines. This is the third in the country, with Makati City and Quezon City as the first two cities, that ministers to the gay community.
A total of eight (8) pairs went through the ceremony during the first mass gay wedding in the Philippines. The legalization of gay marriages in New York also started the talks of legalizing same-sex marriages in the Philippines
According to the Family Code of the Philippines,
Art. 1. Marriage is a special contract of permanent union between a man and a woman entered into in accordance with law for the establishment of conjugal and family life. It is the foundation of the family and an inviolable social institution whose nature, consequences, and incidents are governed by law and not subject to stipulation, except that marriage settlements may fix the property relations during the marriage within the limits provided by this Code. (52a)
Therefore, same sex marriage is not yet legally recognized in the Philippines. But, let us not forget that the wedding was conducted by a Church that has its own beliefs and practices. As such, we should respect their right to exercise their beliefs.
An excerpt from MCC website states that
There are no provisions under the current Philippine law allowing for same-sex marriage. Only people of the opposite sex are currently allowed ‘marriage” in the Philippines. The MCCMB DOES NOT officiate Same-Sex “MARRIAGE”. On the other hand, Same-Sex “HOLY UNION” is a sacrament of the Church. It is a rite being conducted by the MCC in the Philippines for same-sex couples who wish to declare their partnership and unconditional love for their partner before God and the community of faithful. Holy Union rites are neither legal or illegal. A holy union may not be legally-binding under current Philippine laws but it is morally-binding under God.
Interested to be a part of their community? You may visit the website of Metropolitan Community Church