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Bishop: Filipinos must reject same-sex marriage

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By Leslie Ann Aquino

Sorsogon Bishop Arturo Bastes Marriage stressed that marriage can only be between a man and a woman.

“Marriage can only be between a man and a woman, whose main great purpose is procreation of children and the building up of a loving family, the basic unit of human society, which is also the domestic church,” said Bastes in an interview.

“This is of course impossible for ‘marriage’ of the same sex,” he added.

This, Bastes said is the reason why the Church will never approve of the so-called same-sex marriage.

He warned that the trivialization of marriage is one of the fundamental reasons of the breakdown of individuals and human society.

“The State should protect families as ordained by God and the Church to promote the well-being of its citizens,” Bastes said.

The issue on same sex marriage resurfaced after President Duterte expressed his support for this.

The Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches (PCEC) is also opposed to same sex marriage.

Bishop Noel Pantoja, PCEC national director, said while they recognize that our Lord calls us to love the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community “from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith”, they are convinced that House Bill No. 4982 or SOGIE Equality Bill, which criminalizes discrimination toward the LGBT, and House Bill No. 6595 or Civil Partnership Bill, which seeks to recognize same-sex civil unions are “serious errors” that harm not only the Christian faith but also the morality and very destiny of our nation.

“We are immensely concerned with the abject failure of HB 4982 and HB 6595 to guarantee a person or an organization’s right to religious freedom and expression,” he said reiterating their statement in November on SOGIE and Civil Partnership Bills.

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