Bishops applaud SC ruling against same-sex marriage

Bishops applaud SC ruling against same-sex marriage

By CBCP News

September 4, 2019

Manila, Philippines

Catholic bishops have welcomed a high court ruling against a controversial petition seeking to legalize same-sex marriage.

The bishops maintained that such marriages should be between men and women, and same-sex relationships cannot be blessed.

“With its decision, our justices decided and affirmed what is just, natural and ethical nature of marriage,” Bishop Ruperto Santos of Balanga said.

“The dismissal of same sex marriages strengthens the sanctity and stability of marriage,” he said.

The Supreme Court on Sept. 3 thumbed down a “premature” petition to allow same-sex marriage in the Philippines.

The SC said that the petition violated the principle of court hierarchy, and that it failed “to raise an actual, justiciable controversy”.

The high tribunal also pointed out that same-sex marriage is a matter better left first to Congress.

Bishop Arturo Bastes of Sorsogon described the plea as “immoral”, as he applauded the SC for defending the “true nature of marriage”.

Bishop Broderick Pabillo, the auxiliary of Manila, also called the court decision a “good development”.

“The fight against same sex marriage will be in the legislature. I hope the lawmakers will give weight to strengthening families rather than weakening them,” he said. CBCPNEWS