While the people of the Philippines are generally very tolerant of gay, lesbian and transgender individuals, the government does not offer any legal recognition to same-sex marriage or gay marriage in Philippines.
As recently as 2011 Rep. Rene Relampagos of Bohol filed a bill to amend Article 26 of the Philippine Family Code which would prohibit “forbidden marriages.” Specifically, this seeks to bar the Philippine state from recognizing same-sex marriages contracted overseas. The bill is “in committee”.
“In 1998, Senators Marcelo B. Fernan and Miriam Defensor Santiago submitted a series of four bills that barred recognition of marriage involving transgender individuals, contracted in the Philippines or abroad, and bar recognition of marriages or domestic partnership between two people of the same biological sex contracted in countries that legally recognize such relationships.” Source
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