One of the most controversial topics that have been
going on for decades now is the legalization of same-sex marriage not only in
the Philippines, but also around the world. A lot of people have become
emotional and expressive about this. Majority of the countries around the world
have not acknowledged this kind of marriage. Though there are some countries
that are supporting and passed a law on legalizing marriage between
homosexuals. Same-sex marriage is one of the topics LGBT community, politicians,
and religious leaders debate about. Some think that it is an issue about human
rights and not about religious issue.
Marriage is one of the most significant developments in a person’s life.
Many people consider marriage as a goal in life because building and having a
family is the most fulfilling role in this world. Marriage is the time where in
an individual is united to an individual of the opposite sex willingly.
Marriage serves as an essential institution in the society. Same sex marriage
is where two individuals of the same sex in a marital relationship are given
full legal rights and responsibility in a specific jurisdiction.
There is a question that a lot of people are wondering about. This
question is whether why same sex marriage should be legalized? Same sex
marriage supporters and the LGBT community are fighting for their rights. They
want equality of right especially when it comes to this issue. They want to
have the rights that a legally married couple can experience and enjoy and the
privileges that come with it. Some of these includes inheritance rights, the
levying of tax, access to health coverage of family, hospital visitation, and
protection when it come to relationship ending.
A lot of researchers pond on this very interesting issue because it has
always been an informal situation in the society. The fact that homosexuals
have always been the center of discussion among genders, they are still not
well accepted and are discriminated in their own living environment. During the
Greek and Roman periods, the practice of homosexual marriage has been an issue
already. However, this kind of marriage in not only limited to those countries
with a minority of jurisdictions who have accepted this. Several countries and
states have already legalized this kind of marriage, including Canada, Italy,
Ireland, Norway, South Africa, France, and England. At the present time, the
Philippines has been having issues on whether same sex marriage should be
legalized. Philippines is a very conservative and religious country that makes
this issue even more complicated to deal with. Marriage between heterogeneous
couples is unforgivable because according to the bible “a woman is created for
a man and a man is created for a woman”. The legalization of same sex marriage
would destroy the religious image of a Christian country like the Philippines.
The Filipinos are one of the world’s most religious. A lot of the
Filipinos are Catholic and usually family-oriented. Legalizing this kind of
marriage would break the values of the Filipinos. There is even a survey
conducted by Rappler that shows seventy percent of the Filipino citizens fully
opposes to the legalization of same sex marriage. The fact that the Filipinos
do not accept this kind of marriage, they are not yet ready for this. Father
Marcos Gonzales of St. John Chrysostom, a Roman Catholic parish in Inglewood,
California once said, ” The Church says that homosexuals should be treated with
love and respect, but redefining the natural and divine institution of marriage
is simply something we are not able to do.” For them, it violates the doctrine
of church. People don’t hate
homosexuals. As a matter of fact, people love homosexuals but legalizing same
sex marriage is totally unacceptable for them. Most people think that gays are
funny. Legalizing same sex marriage is a different issue on the other hand.
So, here is my take on this issue. I totally have nothing against this
issue. I don’t see any reasons why I won’t accept legalizing same sex marriage
here in the Philippines. A lot of people become sensitive when it comes to this
matter. But, I don’t see why legalizing same sex marriage in the Philippines
would be a problem. Well, for starters, legalizing same sex marriage won’t harm
us in anyways. Of course, there would also be benefits from this. Some people
even think that we would benefit from this. the country would benefit from this
economically because of the increase in the size of the country’s population
and the economic slow down we are experiencing. Somehow the legalization of
same sex marriage is advantageous and practical.
me, marriage is all about love, support, and respect for your significant
other. Marriage is like an evidence of a person’s love to another human being.
Marriage is like the starting point when building a family. Marriage is very
important for two individuals who love each other may it be individuals with
the same gender. Gender shouldn’t be a barrier for two people who want to get
married and love each other. We can’t deny them something that won’t even harm
us in anyway. So the question is what is it that we really get from holding
them back from doing what they want? They
deserve that happiness. It is their right to get married if they want to.