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‘SOGIE Bill takes away religious and academic freedom’, says Sotto

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By Gabriela Baron

Senator Tito Sotto expressed his fear that the passage of Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Gender Orientation Equality (SOGIE) Bill would mean losing religious and academic freedom.

Sen. Vicente Sotto III (Senate of the Philippines / MANILA BULLETIN)

Sen. Vicente Sotto III
(Senate of the Philippines / MANILA BULLETIN)

According to Sotto, SOGIE Bill would impose a stricter penalty on institutions and schools that ban cross-dressing.

“Mawawala ang religious freedom, mawawala ang academic freedom. Pagbabawalang magturo ang kahit anong institusyon na man and woman lang. Kaya noong nakaraang Kongreso, hindi makapasa-pasa sa second reading ‘yan,” said Sotto in an interview with DZMM.

(We will lose our religious freedom, we will lose our academic freedom. They would ban teaching that there is only ‘one and woman’. That’s why it did not reach the second reading in the last Congress.)

He also called the bill ‘discriminatory’ against other women.

“Karamihan mga kababaihan, discriminatory daw sa kanila ‘yon,” Sotto added.

(Many women say that the bill is discriminatory)

Sotto also expressed worry that SOGIE Bill may eventually lead to granting same-sex marriage.

“Walang same-sex marriage doon, pero meron doon na hindi pwedeng mag-discriminate ng pagbigay ng lisensya katulad ng marriage license sa kahit anong gender. Anong ibig sabihin nun? Saan papunta ‘yon?”

(There is no same-sex marriage, but under SOGIE, it says that you cannot reject giving a marriage license to anyone regardless of gender. What does it mean? Where would it lead us?)

“Ang panawagan namin, pag-aralan mabuti ‘yong laman nung bill. Hindi porket ang title maganda, ‘anti-discriminatory’, e maganda lahat. Because it could be discriminatory.” he ended.

(We appeal to everyone, please study the content of the bill. Just because the title says ‘anti-discriminatory’, doesn’t mean it is not flawed.)

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