Archbishop Oscar Cruz
, judicial vicar of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines-National Appellate Matrimonial Tribunal said gay advocates will have a hard time getting approval for same sex marriage in the country.
“That will be against the Constitution and against the Family Code of the Philippines. So, they have to revise the Constitution for that,” he said.
“The law says marriage is between a man and a woman and for raising a family,” he added.
But in response to questions about the possibility of a civil union between a gay man and a lesbian, Cruz said they can be man and wife.
“May a lesbian marry a gay man? My answer is ‘yes’ because in that instance the capacity to consummate the union is there. The anatomy is there. The possibility of conception is there,”
There have been instances of reported marriages between gay men and a non-gay or straight woman in the Philippines but not much about a gay man and a lesbian.
In addition to government prohibition, the Catholic church in the Philippines will continue to oppose any proposal for same sex marriage, Cruz told a church forum
If a bill legalizing gay marriage is filed in congress by gay advocates, the Catholic church will continue to oppose it, citing the church and constitutional prohibition, the head of the Catholic church matrimonial court said.
“For the Church, even if you turn it upside down and call it by another name, it would still not be marriage. For the Church, even if a hundred (judges) bless a same-sex wedding, it would still not be effective,” he said.
But if things don't work out for the gay man and the lesbian, can they can get an annulment?
Homosexuality would be a valid ground for the annulment, Cruz said.