Gay Marriage is too hot to handle for Supreme Court?


MANILA – The road to the approval of same-sex marriage in the country by the Supreme Court (SC) may not be as smoothly paved as in the United States.

More than a month before the landmark ruling of the US Supreme Court allowing same-sex marriage in all US states, a petition was filed in the Philippines’ high court seeking a similar decision.

In a 31-page petition filed last May 18, lawyer Jesus Nicardo Falcis III asked the SC to nullify and declare as unconstitutional provisions of the Family Code, which laid down the legal framework for the ban on same-sex marriage.

The SC, however, did not immediately act on the petition when justices resumed session last June 16 following a six-week recess.

An insider told The STAR that most justices consider the case as a ”rather sensitive” one that ”might be too tough to resolve.”

According to the source, the Falcis case was included in the agenda but the magistrates deferred acting on it even when they usually seek comments from respondents without giving due course to petitions.

”It was not taken up,” the source revealed, noting that the case was likewise no longer included in the agenda when the justices again sat in session last week.

The source – a member of the Court who spoke on condition of anonymity because the case is pending and for lack of authority to speak for the Court – expressed belief that there is no urgency in ruling on Falcis’ petition.

The magistrate explained that unlike in the US, no law ”expressly allowing” same-sex marriage in the country has been passed yet, suggesting that the case may still be premature.

Asked on the chances of an SC approval on the petition, the insider did not directly respond and said it might be ”too early to tell.”

Court observers, however, cited ”religious background” of the current SC justices as a possible factor.

Most members of the SC are devout Catholics, while Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno is an active member of a born-again Christian church.

But the insider stressed that they only base their decisions as magistrates on legal and constitutional considerations, citing their earlier ruling upholding the legality of the Reproductive Health Law despite vehement opposition from the Catholic Church.

Despite the development in the US, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) said over the weekend that it will maintain what it has always taught about the sacrament of matrimony: that marriage “is a permanent union of a man and a woman, in the complementarity of the sexes and the mutual fulfillment that the union of a man and a woman brings into the loftiness of the matrimonial bond.”

In his petition, Falcis specifically assailed Articles 1 and 2 of the Family Code, which limited marriage as between a man and a woman.

The provisions define marriage as “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” and “the foundation of the family and inviolable social institution.”

Falcis, who admitted his homosexuality in his petition, also questioned Articles 46 (4) and 55 (6) of the law, which set concealment of homosexuality or lesbianism as ground for annulment and legal separation.

He argued that the ban on same-sex marriage violates the rights of homosexuals and lesbians to due process and equal protection, to decisional and marital privacy and to found a family in accordance with their religious or irreligious convictions.

Falcis further alleged that the Family Code was approved with grave abuse of discretion as it effectively repealed the 1949 Civil Code and the Constitution, which did not specify parties in a lawful marriage. He named the Civil Registrar-General as a respondent in the case.

The Family Code was issued as Executive Order 209 in 1987 by the late former President Corazon Aquino.

Falcis cited his “personal stake” in seeking relief from the high court, saying he sustained direct injury from the ban since he plans to marry in the country.



Aiza Seguerra and Liza Diño are officially engaged!

Singer-actress Aiza Seguerra and girlfriend of one year, Liza Diño, are now engaged.


The proposal took place Friday at the Teatro Hermogenes Ylagan at University of the Philippines-Diliman.

Reports have it that Aiza had set up the whole scenario. Liza was made to believe they were acting for a fund-raising performance of a play titled “Kung Paano Maghiwalay,” which was attended by the couple’s parents.

Seguerra and Diño first went public with their relationship during the singer’s concert with Charice Pempengco last September 28.

Congratulations to Aiza and Liza.

But wait, where are they going to get wed? Same sex marriage is not recognized in the Philippines yet.


Katy Perry is on the cover of Parade!

Katy Perry is on the cover of Parade Magazine in time for the 4th of July and the showing of her up-coming movie Part of Me!

In the interview, Katy opens up about her movie, why she decided to include her divorce in the film and her support for gay marriage.

Below are some excerpts from the interview:

On why she’s featuring her breakup in the movie: “I think if people walked out of the theater and that was completely avoided, they would be like, ‘Well, there’s an elephant in the room that’s still there.’ I like to go out there looking like a strong woman, because I am strong. But I am also a woman who goes through all kinds of problems and highs and lows. I wanted to show the complete spectrum.”

Despite being addressed in the film, the breakup is understandably a sensi­tive subject for Perry. She refers to it only as “the situation”-as in, “I’m very aware that it’s inappropriate to give too much away, and that really the situation is just between two people.” When it’s noted that she and Brand have been respectful of each other in the media, she responds cryptically, “The universe will have its way.”

Katy’s “musical collaborator” Bonnie McKee on “Wide Awake”: “When we wrote ‘Teenage Dream,’ it was really about your first love and how magical that is. I think Russell made her feel that way again, and she felt she had found the personshe was going to spend the rest of her life with. And whenthat didn’t turn out to be what she’d hoped, it kind of made sense to talk about waking up.”

On her concert movie: “There are a lot of things that are personally uncomfortable to show, especially me without makeup and completely bloated or crying. But I’ve realized that it’s time for me to show my audience that you don’t have to be perfect to achieve your dreams. Because nobody relates to being perfect. … I’m okay with having bad dance moves. I’m okay with having horrible lower teeth. That’s what makes me me, and for some reason it’s worked out all right.”

On her reaction to Obama’s support of same-sex marriage: “I was really happy; I probably went down to West Hollywood and had a shot. I came from a different mind-set growing up, and my mind has changed. My viewpoint on all these things-equality for women, the choice to love anyone you want-hopefully, we will look back at this moment and think like we do now concerning [other] civil rights issues. We’ll just shake our heads indisbelief, saying, ‘Thank God we’ve evolved.’ That would be my prayer for the future.’”

On her patriotism: “Not to sound overly cheesy but I really appreciate thefreedom we have in America-especially as a female.”

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