RP same-sex marriages need Charter Change PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 28 May 2015 09:22

KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes…” (Romans 1:16, the Holy Bible).

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RP SAME SEX MARRIAGES NEED CHARTER CHANGE: Putting issues of spirituality aside, the petition filed by a gay lawyer with the Supreme Court basically asking for a repeal of the Family Code provision which allows marriages only between opposite sexes, to enable persons of the same sexes to marry here, ignores the Constitutional guarantee that the “State recognizes the sanctity of family life…”

Now, what does “family life” mean? It means, according to the Family Code of the Philippines, the “permanent union between a man and a woman entered into in accordance with law (for conjugal relationships)…” According to www.yourdictionary.com, a conjugal relationship means sexual relations between a man and a woman.

Surely, the hands of the Supreme Court are tied on the matter by the foregoing provisions of the Constitution and of the Family Code. What is clearly needed here is not a simple decision from the highest court of the land so same-sex marriages can be allowed here, nor a new law being passed by Congress. An amendment of the Constitution is necessary.

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US SUPREME COURT DECISIONS AND THE BIBLE: Be that as it may, it is clear that the US Supreme Court’s decisions upholding same sex marriages not only did not at all consider the Biblical basis for marital unions, found in its Genesis 1:27, 2:22-24, and Mark 10:6-8. Those decisions were even directly contrary to what the Bible prescribes about marriages.

In Genesis 2:22-24 of the Bible, it is written: “… Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. The man said, `This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.’ That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh…”

In Mark 10:6-8, it is written:“… `But at the beginning of creation God ‘made them male and female’. ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two, but one flesh’…” Jesus Christ, our God and Savior, echoed Genesis 1:27 in emphasizing that a marital union would be between man and woman—“So God created mankind in his own image… male and female he created them…”

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SAME SEX: WHERE WILL IT LEAD US? The Bible also teaches us that same sex unions, whereby man desires man, and woman pleasures herself with another woman, represent a deplorable condition God Himself allowed to happen, on account of man’s godlessness, wickedness and refusal to acknowledge and thank Him. This is expounded on quite emphatically by the Bible in its Romans 1:18-32.

Here are some important parts of these verses: “… For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another.

“Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error… Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done…”

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