By Liza Soriano
MANILA — Senator Robin Padilla is pushing to institutionalize same-sex civil unions in the country.
Padilla’s Senate Bill No. 449 or the Civil Union Act would provide equal rights for same-sex couples.
“Any person who knowingly or wilfully refuses to issue civil union licenses or certificates despite being authorized to do so denies rights and benefits entitled to civil union couples, or commits unlawful, discriminatory employment practices,” Padilla said.
The senator stressed that it is ‘high time that the Philippines provides equal rights and recognition for couples of the same sex with no prejudice as to sexual relationships are protected and recognized and given access to basic social protection and security.
“Providing equal rights and privileges for same-sex couples will in no way diminish or trample on the rights granted to married couples,” he added. (ai/mtvn)