In an episode of a French chat show called “On n’est pas couche” last June 30, actor Jean-Claude Van Damme made comments regarding same-sex marriage and its comparison to dogs.
On the talk show, Van Damme responded to a fellow panelist and Gender Equality Minister Marlene Schiappa who was asking for his opinion about women after he implied that women belonged in the house. She asked him about his view on same-sex marriage.
“According to your theory, if a man marries another man or a woman marries a woman, how does that work?”
The actor responded “Men get married, women get married, dogs get married… Everybody is getting married and everybody is getting divorced,” the actor responded, which prompted laughter from the studio audience.
Schippa was appalled immediately thought that it is not funny as that day is “the day of the Pride parade where people march to defend their rights… There are people who are beaten and insulted because they are homosexual. We need to support them rather than mocking them, saying they are dogs.”
Van Damme attempted to defend himself saying that he has a lot of friends who are gay.
However, he once again attempted to tell a joke saying that “If they want to get married, that’s OK. But the question is, if all the boys marry each another and all the women marry each other, how are we going to have children?” which once again earned laughter from the audience.
The Kickboxer, Street Fighter and The Expendables 2 actor has yet to release an official statement regarding the issue.
“Love wins, love always wins.”– Mitch Albom
The legalization of same-sex marriages in the US has not only benefitted members of the LGBT community. In a new study published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, a correlation between the rates of teenage suicides and prevalence of same sex marriage has been established.
Results of the study which covered 32 states that allowed same-sex marriage from 1999 to 2015 showed a decrease in the number of suicide attempts among high school students.
Researchers found that a 7% reduction or 134,446 fewer teenage suicide attempts was observed in 2016, a year after gay marriage was legalized all over the US. Meanwhile, the rate fell by 14% among students who identified as LGBT.
The study and other previous studies suggest that there is enough evidence that same-sex marriage has a positive impact on the mental health of LGBT individuals. As a result, it can also positively influence suicide rates.
“Legalization of same-sex marriage is also often accompanied by media attention and increased visibility of sexual minorities, which is associated with increased social support for the rights of sexual minorities. This increased social support could translate into improved familial and peer acceptance of sexual minorities, which has been shown to be associated with improved mental health,” study authors concluded.
Researchers revealed that further studies must be carried out as the study had some significant limitations. The research highly relied on self-reporting and didn’t consider socioeconomic factors as well as race.
Still, lead author Julia Raifman hopes that the study will pave the way for the public to understand the effect of policies involving LGBT rights.
“I hope that this study will inform policy makers and the public as other policies governing LGBT rights are considered,” Raifman said.
Lorraine Marie Badoy, doctor and daughter of a former Sandiganbayan Associate Justice, seemingly accused Cong. Manny Pacquiao of being at the height of hypocrisy when she posted a photo the morning of February 23, showing what looks like Pacquiao’s campaign car parked outside the house of his rumored mistress.
Badoy claimed that it is common knowledge in the area that Pacquiao’s mistress lives there, but she would’ve left his private life alone “until he opened his big mouth and made his filthy, noxious, ignorant, unenlightened, hateful views known… But throw it out there in the public arena and you’re on, buster. You’ve invited us to scrutinize your life and hold it up to the light.”
She further explained her views on why she thought Pacquiao was being a hypocrite. “Manny Pacquiao has such impeccably high standards when it comes to marriage,” Badoy said. “Manny worships at the altar of marriage. Thinks marriage vows are inviolate. And yet not even a week after letting loose his obscene, ignorant, hateful pronouncements… here is Manny making a mockery of the very same vows he claims to hold in such high standards.”
Perhaps surprisingly, the post has currently generated more criticism for the poster, Ms. Badoy, rather than for the subject of the post, Pacquiao.
“Ang tawag jan chismosa! (You are a rumormonger)” accused Facebook user Jhem Mesano.
Some even accused Badoy of jumping to conclusions and making up false stories. “Nakita lang ang sasakyan may mistress na kaagad (You just saw a parked vehicle and you already think he has a mistress there),” said Rubic Cagas. “TAMANG HINALA. DAGDAG KWENTO (Suspicions added to stories.)”
But when she was accused of fabricating rumors in exchange for pay, Badoy was quick to defend herself. “…hindi pera ang pakay ko sa pagsulat neto kundi bigyan pansin ang nakaririmarim na lagay ng bansa natin dahil sa pagluklok sa pwesto ng mga hindi qualified –kahit konti!–para maging senador (Money is not the motive behind my writing this, but it is to bring attention to the horrible state our country is in because of our electing unqualified people into office).”
“I think the story goes around the allegation that the woman who lives in that house is Manny Pacquiao’s alleged mistress,” added netizen Butch Baliao. “He doesn’t have to be in the picture nor actually using or driving that particular car or in that house at that very moment (‘mistress’ nga eh so he must be there only during periodic visits). What we can conclude here tho is there is something in the photo that will connect to Manny. So the question: Who is living in that house??”
Baliao further defended Ms. Badoy. “Unanguna, anak ng marangal na si Justice Badoy ang sumulat nito. Isa syang doktora at asawa ng isang opisyal ng AFP. Sa palagay nyo ba basta na lang sya babanat nang walang sapat na basehan at pagsusuri? (First of all, the one who posted this is the daughter of the honorable Justice Badoy. She is a doctor and the wife or an AFP official. Do you think she would just write something like this if it was without basis and without analyzing things first?)
“Pangalawa, porke ba nagbigay si Manny ng karangalan sa bansa Puede na nyang gawin ang gusto Nya? Diba mas mas masahol yung namimintas sya pero gumagawa naman ng kasalanan? Diba mas nakakahiya yun? (Second, just because he brought honor to the country, does that grant Manny the right to do whatever he wants? Isn’t it worse that he criticizes people, but he himself is also doing something sinful? Isn’t that even more embarrassing?)”
Christian Adriano stated that “ako i wont vote him not even qualified please lang this time gamitin natin ang utak natin para naman maging maayos na ang bansa natin mas kailangan natin yung may alam sa batas at economy. hindi mga artista at bulaang propeta. (Me, I won’t vote for him. [He’s] not even qualified. Please, let us think carefully this time to help fix our country. We need people who understand the law and the economy, not actors and false prophets.”
On the other hand, Dan Manaig posted his own theory about the situation. “…reverse psychology guys,” he said, “thats why (if this is so true) he uses a car with his face so that his visit would be a friendly visit because of course why use a car with his face to go to his mistress? Id rather use my car with my face on to visit my mistress so my wife would think otherwise.”
The photo of two gay military men enjoying their first kiss as a married couple became viral on social media after it was shared by The American Military Partner Association.
Both Spc. Shane Adriano and Pfc. Tristian Resz, proudly gay, serve in the military—a feat for the LGBT community. Even though the discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” ban on gay and lesbian service members has been lifted since 2011, there still exists a stigma against gays in the military.
The couple got married in an intimate ceremony at the Green County Courthouse in Springfield, Missouri on February 11, 2016. Although the wedding was only attended by a few of their friends and family, it would soon become well-known (and well-received) by the public.
As the story had gone viral, several members of the public and their fellow military servicemen (including some veterans) commented positively on the post. Many congratulated the couple and advised them to ignore the hate comments and simply enjoy their love for each other.
There were a number of harsh comments regarding their marriage and how it was abominable in the sight of God as well. The couple chose to ignore these and simply dwell on the positive comments.
Here’s the original post from The American Military Partner Association.
What do you think of this same-sex marriage between these two military servicemen?
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MANILA, Philippines. Known for speaking his mind, Gabriel ”Gab” Valenciano, son of performer Gary Valenciano and veteran talent manager Angeli Panganiban, has decided to speak up about Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao’s anti-LGBT comment.
In a lengthy Facebook post made on Wednesday, February 17, the 27-year-old US-based artist and dancer urged netizens to forgive Pacquiao, who earlier apologized for comparing homosexuals to animals.
“Sometimes legends make huge, earth-shattering mistakes (MJ, Kobe), but I strongly believe he shouldn’t be dismantled after everything he’s done for so many people. Years of sacrificing his body for the greater good of Filipinos all around the world should not equate to his downfall by a single mistake. The man apologized. Let us try to forgive him,” he wrote.
Towards the end of his post, Valenciano, a self-proclaimed Christian, admitted that he is not for same-sex unions or marriages since it opposes his faith. However, Valenciano also explained that he respects it as a part of the world.
“I will say this now with pride (without prejudice), I am not for same-sex relationships/marriage as it directly opposes my entire faith-based ecosystem. But I have found it in my heart to respect it as a part of planet earth. Go ahead and call me a hypocrite. Call me a Christian who compromises. Doesn’t matter. My walk is my walk. And I choose love,” Valenciano said.
Amidst all the negative reactions on Pacquiao’s anti-LGBT remark, Valenciano’s inspiring and positive message certainly stood out. The post has earned over 12,000 positive reactions and more than 3,000 shares as of press time.
The contentious remark of Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao on the issue of same-sex marriage has generated negative reactions from netizens as well as LGBT celebrities.
When asked to express his view about same-sex unions, the senatorial bet of United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) said that he could not support it.
“Common sense lang. Makakita ka ba ng any animals na lalaki sa lalaki o babae sa babae? Mas mabuti pa yung hayop. Marunong kumikilala, kung lalaki o lalaki, babae babae. Ngayon kung lalaki sa lalaki, babae sa babae, mas masahol pa sa hayop ang tao,” Pacquiao said in his interview with Bilang Pilipino, TV’5 official election coverage program.
(It’s just common sense. Will you see any animals where male is to male and female is to female? They can distinguish males from females. Now if there is male to male and female to female, then man is worse than animals.)
His remark earned the ire of netizens and quickly spread like wildfire on social media. In fact, the video shared on the Facebook page of Bilang Pilipino has over 33,000 shares as of press time.
Here are some of the most discussed reactions of netizens on Facebook.
Several LGBT celebrities such as Vice Ganda, Aiza Seguerra, John Lapus, and Perez Hilton were also quick to react to Pacquiao’s controversial statement. World-renowned singer Lea Salonga also gave her opinion on the issue through a cryptic message on Twitter.
Last December 9, Cong. Leni Robredo visited the Banilad Campus of the University of Cebu (UC) to hold a question-and-answer forum with UC students and several members of the public. She was asked about her opinion on same-sex marriage. UP Cebu Student Council member Isaac Saguit was there to record her answer, he shared it via Facebook in a post dated the same day.
“…Leni Robredo, without fear and without thinking twice, told Cebuanos in UC that everyone should be able to choose who they wish to love,” began Saguit’s post. “She reminded everyone that human rights is [sic] universal and that everyone should enjoy the same rights everyone else is enjoying.”
Saguit further quoted Robredo non-verbatim, “…that while we should respect religious beliefs and the right to religion, we should also respect the fact that the state does not and should not cater only to one religious group.”
But in a predominantly Catholic country, the issue of same-sex marriage is still a very touchy subject.
“Sound’s [sic] right but the idea leaves several breaches for immorality to ground,” FB user Donald Onde replied to the post.
To which Job Solilapsi countered, “There are religions that allow same-sex marriage. So I think if your religion doesn’t allow that, you should just refuse to participate. It’s your right. But if others want to marry who they love, one cannot say it’s immoral as there are thousands of religions in the world.”
But a vast majority of those reached by Saguit’s post showed their respect and admiration for Robredo, such as Ronald Menchaves who commented that it was “Very bold of her.”
“F I N A L L Y,” exclaimed Kate Heceta in all caps. “A candidate actively giving their support to the LGBTQ community. Time to wake up Philippines. Everyone is entitled to love. Marriage is a human right, not a heterosexual privilege.”
Robredo’s favoring same-sex marriage even had netizens changing their minds about their VP picks.
“With the growing population of LGBT in the country, candidates should present a platform to promote equality regardless of gender or at least try to pander. I’m now giving my VP pick a second thought,” said Aldrin Perez.
Cresencio Agbayani, Jr. agreed, “Good to know that she favors same sex marriage. Im [sic] thinking of giving my vote to her for VP.”
But for the original poster, Isaac Saguit, there seems to be no doubt. Robredo has his vote.
“This woman right here, who had been in the service of the marginalized for the most part of her life, this woman who had always put the voiceless first, this woman who shows so much passion in what she is fighting for, this woman who is arduously pushing for the reform agenda for a more equitable Philippines, this woman—Leni Robredo, is definitely my vice president.”
One geeky gay guy decided to pop the question with a Pokemon-themed proposal.
The moment Brett Graham started dating Max, he was certain Max was the one for him. So when the right time came, Brett crafted the perfect marriage proposal fit for huge Pokemon fans.
On Tumblr, Brett shared the story of his geeky yet cute Pokemon-inspired proposal.
Instead of offering Max a single ring, he made his boyfriend choose among the “grass type” which had a wooden inlay, a “water type” with a mother of pearl inlay, and “fire type” which was black with a red gem.
Like a true Pokemon master, Brett presented the “starter” rings in Pokeballs.
“At the beginning of every adventure, you need to pick a partner. I chose him. So, I figured if he said yes, he could decide what to wear on his finger,” he wrote on Tumblr.
“He said yes, by the way.”
In case you’re wondering, Max picked the fire ring. As for the other rings, Brett revealed that Max still got to keep them.
“He gets those, too. The significance of the choice is that whatever he picked as his official starter will ‘evolve’ at milestone anniversaries. I got plans,” Max added.
Cheers to a new life adventure for the pair!
A Spanish couple’s wedding photo has gone viral as the newlyweds were not just policemen who got married in full uniform, they happened to be a gay couple as well.
Spain, which was one of the first countries that legalized gay marriages, still has a stigma against gay couples. However, Chema and Jonathan, police officers from Catalonia, Spain did not shy away from expressing their love, but were proud to have their wedding vows in full uniform. The couple was so proud they even posted their wedding photos on Instagram for all the world to see. They are the first ever gay couple to marry in police uniform, and their story has gone viral on the internet and social media sites.
— policia.cat (@policiacat) September 6, 2015
“If it helps someone who is being bullied in school for their sexual orientation to see it as something normal, then that’s great. It’s not something that should be hidden just because you belong to a particular institution,” Chema stated.
According to Gay Star News, the newlywed couple spent their honeymoon on a tour in the U.S. Congratulations to the newlyweds!
In June 2015, the United States legalized same-sex marriages by a supreme court ruling.
With social media and the internet still on fire about the same-sex marriage law being passed in the US, a little digging up of history showed the Philippines already has a record of its first-ever gay marriage.
Thomas van Beersum, in his post, said the National People’s Army (NPA) already conducted rites for same-sex marriage in the Philippines back in February 2005. Ka Andres and Ka Jose, two guerrilla fighters who participated in the NPA’s armed struggle against the pro-U.S. regime in Manila, exchanged their vows before their comrades, friends, and local villagers. Interestingly, the names ‘Andres’ and ‘Jose’ are names of two of the most well-loved heroes of the country.
According to the post, their marriage was celebrated and supported by their peers. Their unity in marriage was a symbol for their unity in revolution. As if to emphasize their marriage during the rough times, the couple used a bullet in the ceremony as a representation of their commitment to the armed struggle.
Similar to Christian and Catholic weddings, there was also a cord that bound the couple together. In this case, they used a rope and also bound their sponsors. They also wore a a sequined flag of the Communist Party of the Philippines. The rope and flag supposedly symbolized that their marriage would be made stronger with the help of both their comrades and the masses.
Since the Philippines is a predominantly Catholic country, naturally many reacted to the act, condemning the NPA and saying their did not have any morals for having engaged in such an act. A spokesperson for the Philippine Air Force was even quoted as saying, “This proves that they have no god and their morality is very much in question.”
As for the couple, Ka Andres said, “Gay cadres adhere to the strong party discipline. They enhance the prestige of gays in the movement. This has gained positive results through the years. Comrades (male and female) and even the masses have learned to respect and recognize gays and their contribution to the revolution.”
Ka Jose supported his partner saying, “What we have to do now–with the help of the party–is to work on our marriage and to be strong while serving the people.”