Philippine’s highest court rejected a case that pushed for the legalization of same-sex marriage on Tuesday.
The plaintiff, Jesus Falcis, petitioned in May 2015 to revise the 1987 Family Code which defines a marital contract as between a man and a woman. Falcis said the current law violates his rights.
However, the Supreme Court dismissed the case on grounds by saying that Falcis had never tried to get married and therefore would not benefit from any changes in the law.
Though the Philippines are generally accepting same-sex relationships, advocates still have a hard time lobbying for same-sex marriage legalization, as the majority of the population have Catholic beliefs.
However, Danton Remoto, chair of an LGBT political party, assures the public that this setback will not prevent the LGBT community in the Philippines from continuing their fight for equality.
By Vivian Hsiao （蕭子瑜）