PH not recognizing same sex marriages of Filipinos in US

MANILA — Same-sex marriage may be allowed in the United States and other countries but such union will not be recognized in the Philippines in compliance with the existing laws, according to a Palace official.

Herminio Coloma Jr., head of the Presidential Communications Operations Office, said it is clear in the country’s Family Code limited marriage as between a man and a woman.

“Under the Family Code, marriage is 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,” Coloma said over government radio.

“Kaya po lahat ng mga same-sex marriage ng mga Pilipino na contracted po sa foreign country, hindi po ‘yan kinikilala sa ating bansa [That’s why all same sex marriage of Filipinos contracted in foreign countries will not be recognized in the country],” he added.

Coloma made the remarks after same-sex marriage has been declared legal across the United States in a historic Supreme Court ruling. The decision, which stops US states from banning same-sex marriage, has been welcomed by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) communities as a triumph in their rights movement for decades.

Coloma meantime maintained that Philippine laws on marriage are binding upon Filipinos wherever they reside.

He cited Article 15 of the Civil Code of the Philippines that states that “laws relating to family rights and duties or to the status, condition, and legal capacity of persons are binding upon citizens of the Philippines even though living abroad.”

But if there are groups who want same-sex marriage in the country, Coloma said they should go to Congress to enact such law.