Robin Padilla defends civil union for same-sex couples bill: ‘Read the bill first’

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Senator Robin Padilla waves as the Comission on Elections proclaims the twelve elected senators at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay, Metro Manila on May 18, 2022. (Photo by JAM STA ROSA/AFP via Getty Images)
Senator Robin Padilla waves as the Comission on Elections proclaims the twelve elected senators at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay, Metro Manila on May 18, 2022. (Photo by JAM STA ROSA/AFP via Getty Images)

The Marawi Grand Mosque’s Grand Imam and his followers withdrew their support for Senator Robin Padilla due to his “sponsorship of same-sex marriage,” and condemned his filing of a bill to make civil union for same-sex couples legal in the country.

Alim Abdulmajeed Djamla, the Grand Imam, said that the senator’s Senate Bill No. 449 “is tantamount to disbelief (kufr), which is outside the creed of Islam.”

“I regret to inform all Muslims in general and the Muslims in the Philippines that I and those who follow me have withdrawn our support for Senator Robin Padilla and strongly condemn his sponsorship of Same-Sex Marriage Bill No. (449) Civil Union Acts in the Senate,” Djamla said in a statement.

“This is based on the doctrine that same-sex marriage is considered immoral by all religions and is forbidden (Haram) under Islamic law,” the statement read further.

Under existing laws, same-sex couples are not entitled to marry like straight couples do, with the Family Code defining marriage as “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.”

According to Padilla in a statement on Sunday (Aug. 14), his bill is open for discussion and everyone will be given the chance to air their grievances during hearings.

Ang intensyon ng panukalang batas ay mapag-usapan ang karapatan ng isang komunidad sa mga magaganap na hearing o pagdinig [at] makunan ng opinyon, komento at paliwanag ang lahat ng panig,” the newbie senator said.

(The intention of the proposed bill is to open up the conversation on the rights of a marginalized community in the coming hearings and to get the opinion, comment, and explanation of all parties.)

Ang lahat po ay iniimbitahan na basahin [nang] detalyado ang panukalang batas upang mas makalahok sa talakayan patungkol dito,” Padilla said. “Huwag na muna po tayo maghusga. Masyado pa pong maaga para magkaroon ng [judgement].”

(I enjoin everyone to read the details of the proposed bill so that everyone can participate in the discussions. Don’t judge just yet. It is too early for one to have a judgment on this.)

Marvin Joseph Ang is a news and creative writer who follows developments on politics, democracy, and popular culture. He advocates for a free press and national democracy. Follow him on Twitter at @marvs30ang for latest news and updates.

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