The ruling against same-sex marriage came despite the Court acknowledging that the country’s 1987 Constitution "does not define or restrict marriage on the basis of sex, gender, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression". However, as a potentially positive signal, the Court also highlighted the country’s history of anti-LGBT discrimination, calling on the Philippines’’ Congress to address the recognition of same-sex unions.
Meanwhile, the so-called SOGIE anti-discrimination bill has been languishing in parliament, with its third reading passed by the House of Representative now over 2 years ago, but since dying in the Senate – and then resubmitted for the current Congress.
This stands in sharp contrast to the recent efforts by other Asian destinations such as Thailand and Taiwan, with their significant and very positive efforts to promote greater LGBT equality and inclusion, and the resulting much greater appeal to the LGBT Community when it comes to the fierce competition between destinations for the valuable LGBT travel and tourism segment, as well as attracting property purchase by the LGBT Community for second homes and retirement planning purposes.
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