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Same-Sex Marriage in PH: Gay Couple Ties the Knot in a “Holy Union” Ceremony

Pictures of the wedding rites of a gay couple are making rounds in the internet these days.

On October 19, Rafael Pol Yaranon Gregorio and Pol ni rafael  tied the knot in a “Holy Union” ceremony officiated by Fr. Regen Luna of Ekklesia Tou Theou. Facebook user Kerwin John Dante Malveda shared the photos of the event in his account on Tuesday, October 21.

Ekklesia Tou Theou is a liberal church in the Catholic tradition.


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What is a “Holy Union”?

According to the website of the church, a “Holy Union” is a Christian celebration of love in which two persons of the same sex are spiritually joined.  In this ceremony, vows and promises are made before God.

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Moreover, the church’s prerequisites for “holy union” include the following: at least 8 to 12 months relationship, a personal interview with their Pastor, and a pre-holy union counselling if relationship is less than 12 months.

Those planning to have a “holy union” are also obliged to fill-up legal documents used in countries that allow same-sex marriages.

Is Same-Sex Marriage Legal in the Philippines?

A “Holy Union” is considered invalid in our country since it is not yet legally recognized. Moreover, it does not provide legal protection and benefits from marriage.

Section 1 of the Family Code states: “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.”

On the other hand, former University of the Philippines College of Law Dean Pacifico Agabin thinks that the denial of same-sex marriage violates the equal protection of law during the 11th Metrobank Foundation Professorial Chair Lecture Wednesday at the Court of Appeals auditorium.

“The Family Code’s concept of marriage as a contract between a man and a woman aside from being obsolete, violates the equal protection clause of the Constitution,”

He added that it “also intrudes into the right to privacy which is a fundamental right.”

Reactions to the Union

Many of the couple’s friends congratulated and expressed their support to their marriage.

However, according to Rafael Pol Yaranon Gregorio, someone left a negative comment in one of their pictures.

In his Facebook account, Rafael Pol Yaranon Gregorio wrote:

“This Clean woman reacted on our pic stating “…homosexuality… They must be put to death for they are put to death…”

John 8:7 ” When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.”

You have the first stone… If you did not commit sin, throw it on us…”

Written by mmalabanan

Mini is a work-at-home mom from Laguna. Aside from writing, she's passionate about breastfeeding and homeschooling.

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  1. Civil marriage whether couple of the same or opposite sex are recognized when conducted outside the Philippines as two lawyers have now told us. I know many will say, huh? Just think of divorce. Divorce in the Philippines is illegal. The only nation left on the planet besides the Vatican. But, if the divorce takes place outside the Philippines, the Philippines recognizes the divorce. Filipinos, marry outside the Philippines and then when returning take your rights.

    • @GEORGE DE CARLO

      Marraiges celebrated outside the Philippines are considered legal and recognized by Philippine Law SO LONG AS THE PARTIES INVOLVED MEET THE REQUIREMENTS OF PHILIPPINE LAW AND THE MARRAIGE CELEBRATED OUTSIDE THE PHILIPPINES DOES NOT MEET ANY OF THE DISQUALIFICATIONS. If a Filipino 17 years old, for instance, gets married in the US to a 19 year old, the Philippines will not recognize their marraige since in Philippine Law, 18 years old is a mandatory requirement and since one of the parties involved does not meet said requisite, the marraige is VOID AB INITIO (void from the start) based on our laws.

      As for divorce, if Filipinos married in another country and their marraige is recognized and valid under Philippine law and the decide to get a divorce outside the Philippines, such divorce is invalid in the Philippines and the Philippine Law shall still see them as married even with the divorce obtained abroad.
      If a Filipino marries a Foreigner and the Filipino initiated the Divorce, said divorce is invalid and the Filipino still remains married in the eyes of Philippine Law. But if the divorce proceedings were initiated by the foreigner then in the eyes of Philippine law, the Filipino may contract another marraige.

      PLEASE TELL YOUR LAWYERS TO REVIEW THE FAMILY CODE. here are the specific provisions.

      -Article 15, Civil Code of the Philippines:

      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.

      -Article 26, Family Code of Philippines:

      All marriages solemnized outside the Philippines, in accordance with the laws in force in the country where they were solemnized, and valid there as such, shall also be valid in this country, except those prohibited under Articles 35 (1), (4), (5) and (6), 3637 and 38. (17a)
      Where a marriage between a Filipino citizen and a foreigner is validly celebrated and a divorce is thereafter validly obtained abroad by the alien spouse capacitating him or her to remarry, the Filipino spouse shall have capacity to remarry under Philippine law.

      PS: Are you sure the Persob who told you this passed the bar? If yes, How?

      PPS: I believe the LGBT community should be allowed to get married, even with the same sex. But that is not our law. Dura lex sed lex (The law may be harsh but it is the law).

    • @GEORGE DE CARLO

      Marraiges celebrated outside the Philippines are considered legal and recognized by Philippine Law SO LONG AS THE PARTIES INVOLVED MEET THE REQUIREMENTS OF PHILIPPINE LAW AND THE MARRAIGE CELEBRATED OUTSIDE THE PHILIPPINES DOES NOT MEET ANY OF THE DISQUALIFICATIONS. If a Filipino 17 years old, for instance, gets married in the US to a 19 year old, the Philippines will not recognize their marraige since in Philippine Law, 18 years old is a mandatory requirement and since one of the parties involved does not meet said requisite, the marraige is VOID AB INITIO (void from the start) based on our laws.

      As for divorce, if Filipinos married in another country and their marraige is recognized and valid under Philippine law and the decide to get a divorce outside the Philippines, such divorce is invalid in the Philippines and the Philippine Law shall still see them as married even with the divorce obtained abroad.
      If a Filipino marries a Foreigner and the Filipino initiated the Divorce, said divorce is invalid and the Filipino still remains married in the eyes of Philippine Law. But if the divorce proceedings were initiated by the foreigner then in the eyes of Philippine law, the Filipino may contract another marraige.

      PLEASE TELL YOUR LAWYERS TO REVIEW THE FAMILY CODE. here are the specific provisions.

      -Article 15, Civil Code of the Philippines:

      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.

      -Article 26, Family Code of Philippines:

      All marriages solemnized outside the Philippines, in accordance with the laws in force in the country where they were solemnized, and valid there as such, shall also be valid in this country, except those prohibited under Articles 35 (1), (4), (5) and (6), 3637 and 38. (17a)
      Where a marriage between a Filipino citizen and a foreigner is validly celebrated and a divorce is thereafter validly obtained abroad by the alien spouse capacitating him or her to remarry, the Filipino spouse shall have capacity to remarry under Philippine law.

      PS: I believe the LGBT community should be allowed to get married, even with the same sex. But that is not our law. Dura lex sed lex (The law may be harsh but it is the law).

  2. @GEORGE DE CARLO

    Marraiges celebrated outside the Philippines are considered legal and recognized by Philippine Law SO LONG AS THE PARTIES INVOLVED MEET THE REQUIREMENTS OF PHILIPPINE LAW AND THE MARRAIGE CELEBRATED OUTSIDE THE PHILIPPINES DOES NOT MEET ANY OF THE DISQUALIFICATIONS. If a Filipino 17 years old, for instance, gets married in the US to a 19 year old, the Philippines will not recognize their marraige since in Philippine Law, 18 years old is a mandatory requirement and since one of the parties involved does not meet said requisite, the marraige is VOID AB INITIO (void from the start) based on our laws.

    As for divorce, if Filipinos married in another country and their marraige is recognized and valid under Philippine law and the decide to get a divorce outside the Philippines, such divorce is invalid in the Philippines and the Philippine Law shall still see them as married even with the divorce obtained abroad.
    If a Filipino marries a Foreigner and the Filipino initiated the Divorce, said divorce is invalid and the Filipino still remains married in the eyes of Philippine Law. But if the divorce proceedings were initiated by the foreigner then in the eyes of Philippine law, the Filipino may contract another marraige.

    PLEASE TELL YOUR LAWYERS TO REVIEW THE FAMILY CODE. here are the specific provisions.

    -Article 15, Civil Code of the Philippines:

    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.

    -Article 26, Family Code of Philippines:

    All marriages solemnized outside the Philippines, in accordance with the laws in force in the country where they were solemnized, and valid there as such, shall also be valid in this country, except those prohibited under Articles 35 (1), (4), (5) and (6), 3637 and 38. (17a)
    Where a marriage between a Filipino citizen and a foreigner is validly celebrated and a divorce is thereafter validly obtained abroad by the alien spouse capacitating him or her to remarry, the Filipino spouse shall have capacity to remarry under Philippine law.

    PS: Are you sure the Persob who told you this passed the bar? If yes, How?

    PPS: I believe the LGBT community should be allowed to get married, even with the same sex. But that is not our law. Dura lex sed lex (The law may be harsh but it is the law).

  3. Hipokrita kase gobyerno pati na karamihan ng mga pilipino, ayaw sa divorce pero meron, annulment at legal separation, na napaka complicated ng prosesso, kailang magtahitahi ng kasinungalingan para ito makamtan at kailangan maging mayaman para ma approbuhan. Annulment kahipokritahan, Marriage never exist (annulment). Legal separation, your separated but you can never marry again, anung klaseng batas yan. Batas ng mga hipokrito.

  4. may friend ako na gay na may asawang babae, masabi lng na siyay me asawa pero…. hnd rin kaila na siya’y me sariling tawag ng laman. Ano nga ba ang tama ag makipagrelasyon ng sapilitan at labag sa yong kalooban o sundin ang kalooban ng walang taong masasaktan. D ba mas kasalanan na niloloko mo ang iyong asawa?

  5. Hindi na sila natakot sa Dios. Respect? Learn to respect the sanctity if marriage first and the biblical truth about homosexuality. Equal rights? There’s no such thing in the sinful nature of man and that includes homosexuality. We’re all sinners and homosexuality is one of the sinful nature of man that’s why it should not be tolerated

    • Natakot ka ba sa Diyos nang magtalik kayo ng gf mo bago ka kinasal? Natakot ba sa Diyos ang mga kamag anak mo engaged and are still engaging in premarital sex. What others do inside their bedrooms is none of your business.

    • Have you actually not committed a single sin? If you think divorce is not right, then don’t do it even when there is. Presence of a divorce law would not make you sinful unless you utilize it.

    • Madaming sarado ang utak dito. Ang sinasabi nya ay igalang ang sanctity of marriage. At feeling ko naman kahit paulit ulit iexplain sa inyo na yan ay kasalanan s mata ng Diyos, ipipilit nyo pa din ang mga gusto nyo. Me sinabi ba sya. malinis sya at walang kasalanan? Yan ang hirap s inyo ipipilit nyo kahit mali.

  6. masyado kayong perfect. kung ang pakikipag relasyon sa kapwa mo lalaki o babae eh isang kasalanan kamusta naman ang pakikipagtalik mo sa hindi mo naman asawa? ang problema sa mga pilipino mapanghusga. sa tingin nyo ba ginusto ng mga bakla at tomboy na maging ganun sila? kung papipiliin b sila sigurado kayo na pipiliin nila ang gnung sitwasyon? kung saan maraming nang mamata sa kanila. parepareho lang tayong nag mamahal. bt hndi nyo bgyan ng chance ang iba na maging masaya? yung pang huhusga nyo ba sa kapwa nyo eh hndi kasalanan? walang perpekto sa mundo. ang kakapal ng mga mukha mag sabi na kasalanan na ikasal ang lalaki sa lalaki. eh sino ba kayo para mag salita nyan? perpekto ba kayo? huh? love is not about gender. lahat tayo may karapatan mag mahal at maging masaya!!!!

  7. Tama ka ERWIN, ang pag mamahal walang pinipili ma pa lalaki o babae man yan… what the most important is- we must accept who really we are… hindi yong nag tatago palagi sa dilim… mas mabuti pa nga ang mga tau na ipinapakita nila kong sino at ano talaga pag katao nila… kesa naman sa mga may asawang babae, madaming anak pero malalaman mo andon sa dilim nakikipag kita sa kapwa lalaki o sa kapwa babae.

    Ang KASALANAN- ay nagagawa natin araw araw hindi tayo diyos para maging perpecto. Kaya nga bumaba sa lupa si JESUS para tubusin ang mga kasalanan. Ang importatante yu must know kong sino ang tagapagligtas mo at maging mabuting nilalang sa kabilang buhay. Sa ngayon we have freedom to choice kong ano at sino ang mamahalin ang pag hukom ay wala sa lupa ito ay nasa kabilang mundo they called it after date. Kaya kong saan maya cge lang nang cge imporante walang kang inaapakang kapwa mo ma pa babae o malalaki, mabakla o tomboy.

  8. Bakit pag binabatikos ang bagay na ito, ang sagot na nababasa ay, ““Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” Mabuti inaamin na kasalanan ito pero di tinitingnan yung huli at karugtong na talata na sinabi sa babae, “Go and sin no more”.

    Better not quote the bible if you don’t know or if you ignore the best part of it which concludes the matter.

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