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Tue Mar 21, 2017, 04:23 AM

Duterte backtracks on gay marriage in Philippines

Source: BBC

Duterte backtracks on gay marriage in Philippines

21 March 2017 Asia

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has said he opposes gay marriage, after previously declaring he would consider legalising it.

Mr Duterte clarified that he had "nothing against gays", saying several of his relatives were homosexual.

The controversial politician had previously appeared supportive of LGBTQ rights, saying in 2015 that same-sex marriage was "good".

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In a meandering speech addressing criticism of his now-suspended war on drugs, Mr Duterte accused the West of imposing its values on the Philippines, then referred to a recent Time magazine story on the transgender community in the US.

"There is no gender because you can be a he or she... That's their culture. It does not apply to us. We are Catholics and there is the Civil Code, which says that you can only marry a woman for me... a woman to marry a man.

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Read more: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39335816

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