CONVERSATIONS: Is the Philippines ready for #gaymarriage?
MANILA, Philipines – United States President Barrack Obama made history this week by being the first sitting US president to explicitly express support for same-sex marriage.
"It is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married," he said in an interview with ABC News. The statement came a day after North Carolina voted to support an amendment that ruled out gay marriage. Gay rights groups cheered on Obama’s landmark statement, while conservatives denounced it.
Will Obama’s statement have an impact in the Philippines? Don’t hold your breath, says Akbayan's LGBT Collective coordinator and Philippine National AIDS Council member Jonas Bagas in his Thought Leaders piece.
Do you think the Philippines is ready for same-sex marriage? Moving forward, what do you think the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community can do to push the issue of same-sex marriage in the country?
Here’s what our online community is saying: