A historic case to make same-sex marriage legal in the Philippines has started this week in the country’s Supreme Court. Lawyer Jesus Falcis III who is also one of the co-plaintiffs is leading the case for marriage equality.
‘When the right to marry, a decision so personal, so intimate and so life-changing, is denied to LGBT people, the state is not valuing their dignity,’ he told the Justices on Tuesday (23 June).
A 1987 law declared marriages are only legal between men and women. But Falcis will argue that the Philippines Constitution does not state that anywhere. While the case is historic, a result is not expected for a very long time.