Filipino LGBT community in California lauds court rule vs Prop. 8


LOS ANGELES—The Filipino members of the gay and lesbian community and their supporters celebrated a federal appeals court’s ruling that California’s same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional but they know the fight is not over.

“A lot of my gay and lesbian Filipino friends were enthusiastic,” said Noel Alumit, author and steering committee member of API Equality-LA, upon hearing the news of the ban. “We’d like the chance to dignify our relationships. We just want to be happy and not hurt anyone.”

“I think we’re all wondering what’s next,” he added. “It may go all the way to the Supreme Court. Something I’ve learned from my family is the importance of strength and endurance.”

Last Tuesday, a three-judge panel of the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled 2-1 that a lower court judge interpreted the US Constitution correctly in 2010 when he declared the ban, known as Proposition 8, to be a violation of the civil rights of gays and lesbians, reported the Associated Press.

However, the appeals court said gay marriages cannot resume in the state, until the deadline passes for Proposition 8 sponsors to appeal to a larger panel of the 9th Circuit. If such an appeal is filed, gay marriages will remain on hold until it’s resolved.

“Although the Constitution permits communities to enact most laws they believe to be desirable, it requires that there be at least a legitimate reason for the passage of a law that treats different classes of people differently. There was no such reason that Proposition 8 could have been enacted,” the ruling states.

The Associated Press reported many backers of Prop. 8 would appeal and ask the Supreme Court to overturn the 9th Circuit ruling.

“No court should presume to redefine marriage. No court should undercut the democratic process by taking the power to preserve marriage out of the hands of the people,” said Brian Raum, senior counsel for the Alliance Defense Fund, a Christian legal aid group based in Arizona that helped defend Proposition 8, told the AP.

“We are not surprised that this Hollywood-orchestrated attack on marriage — tried in San Francisco — turned out this way. But we are confident that the expressed will of the American people in favor of marriage will be upheld at the Supreme Court,” he said.

The American Foundation for Equal Rights called the decision “a historic victory.”

“Every American, regardless of race, ethnicity, or sexual orientation, deserves the same dignity and respect, the same freedom to love and to marry and to build a family,” said AFER Board President Chad Griffin. “That’s all this case is about. Not special rights or privileges, just fairness and equality.

“The message it sends to young LGBT people, not only here in California but across the country, (is) that you can’t strip away a fundamental right, and gay marriage is a fundamental right that no one can strip away,” he added. “Now that Proposition 8 has been declared unconstitutional, the people of California will very soon be able to once again realize their freedom to marry.”

Alumit said there’s still a long way to go before this issue gets resolved. He hopes the Filipino community in California can support the ban on Prop. 8.

“In California, there are a lot of Filipinos. The most outside of the Philippines,” he said. “That is probably true for gay and lesbian Filipinos also. If we gain rights in California, then the majority of Filipino gay and lesbians will probably have opportunity to start families and be happy.

“There are lots of issues we [still] need to work on,” he added. “Even if marriage is legalized in the California, it won’t apply federally. One big advantage that heterosexuals have is marrying someone who is not a citizen, but making them a citizen through marriage. If I fall in love with a foreigner and marry him, I couldn’t do anything to keep him here. There are limits to marriages recognized by the state, not the country. Ideally, the next step is to make gay marriage legal in the whole United States, but, frankly, I don’t think I’ll see that in my lifetime. Hopefully, I’ll just fall in love with someone who is already a citizen, so I don’t have to experience the pain of separation.

He said he knows of a Filipina lesbian couple who are hoping to marry soon.

“Her father is ill and is afraid he might die before seeing his daughter’s wedding,” he said. Joseph Pimentel/AJPress, with reports from AP

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  • Anonymous

    Dapat pasabugan kayo ng tactical nuke…nakakarumi kayo!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Anonymous

      Paano mo naman nasabi na nakakarumi sila? Ang mga close-minded na tao katulad mo ang nakaka-rumi ng mundo.

  • Anonymous

     Binaboy na ang tunay na kahulugan ng kasal….

    • Anonymous

      What is the “true meaning” of marriage?
      Bakit ito naging totoo? In what means?
      Should it just be limited to male and female unions? Bakit, ang mga gays and lesbians hindi ba sila tao kaya hindi applicable ang marriage sa kanila?
      And isn’t marriage a committment for the other person, gays & lesbians could do that, true committment is not limited to heterosexuals.

      • Anonymous

        Maaari naman na mag-asawa ang bakla at tomboy, pero hindi bakla sa kapwa lalaki o tomboy sa kapwa babae. Hindi iyan ang naturalesa ng kalikasan.
        Tao rin ang bakla at tomboy, sa katunayan marami akong kaibigang nasa ganyang gender. Pero kapag usaping pakikipagtalik at kasal na ayon sa bokabularyo nila, hindi na ako sang-ayon roon, pero hindi ibig sabihin ay minemenos ko na ang pagkatao nila.
        Ang kasal, hindi lang para sa commitment o relationship to each other. It is also for pro-creation and stability of society as a whole. With that 2-last reasons, one can’t do it naturally if it would be a same sex marriage. Puwede kung may pera ka at gagawin mo ito through the miracle of science, pero as it is, hindi natural o normal.
        But i will respect your opinion. Kung taliwas ito sa opinyon na binanggit ko, i will only hope na maintindihan mo rin ang opinyon na sinabi.

      • Anonymous

        I’m glad that you respect my opinion, I also wouldn’t really be violent because of others’ opinions are different from mine; and it’s a good thing that you also agree that gays and lesbians shouldn’t be treated like some entities that are less than animals, like what the first commenter had clearly implied. But the thing is, your definitions of marriage are problematic because they breed further oppression of people.

        First, you defined marriage’s sole purpose is to pro-create. I understand that the definition comes from a Christian’s point of view. But with this kind of purpose, you are saying that sterile/ infertile people don’t have the right to be married also? Hindi lang ang LGBT community ang naapektuhan ng definition na ito but you also deny sterile people one of the rights of a human being.

        It also encompasses the issue about the RH bill. If couples wanted to have sex (since it is a normal tendency of all living things that have reproductive systems) but they don’t want to add another child to their already big family, say (7-8 kids), you would also deny them the right to consummate, the right to use condoms/birth control pills, since it is against pro-creation?

        Second thing you have mentioned is that marriage is for the stability of society as a whole. What do you mean by that? Ang ibig mo bang sabihin ay ang mga gays & lesbians ay nakakapag-dulot ng economic/ political/ cultural instability in a society?

        I would take this point by the way I understood it, maybe, you meant the stability of a population of a society? Well, if that’s what you meant, you don’t need to worry, because kahit may mga gays and lesbians dito ay hindi pa din naman nauubusan ng tao diba? I mean, Philippines, is still over-populated!

        And the thing is, this definition of the purpose of marriage also breeds hate/bullying/negative attitudes toward homosexuality. Why? Kasi with this, ang magiging tingin ng mga tao toward homosexuality is that it is a sickness that could be passed on, like a virus. Hindi sakit ang pagiging gays/lesbians, kaya wag kayo mag-alala na kumonti ang tao sa mundo dahil sa tingin niyo pag may gays, ay mapipigilan na ang pag-reproduce ng tao. Heterosexuals would always exist as well as homosexuals and there would always be people that would exist, reproduction would still continue, unless the 2012 end of the world prediction is true.

        But kidding aside, these 2 definitions of marriage oppress more people the right to being happy, the right to being who they are, and when there is oppression, there is inequality. Does that really what God wants? Is that really what Jesus and the Bible taught to us?

      • Anonymous

        You had misunderstood and twisted my earlier statements. Hope you would read it again and absorb, as it was presented in the simplest way I can…
        Moreover, it is not polite to ‘put words into my mouth’, so to speak, just for your to raise a point then provide conclusion (e.g. about RH-Bill). I have a different view on the RH-bill but is another topic.

        No one is stopping these homosexuals to be happy. They are able to live amongst us. Yes, some type of bullying does happen, as it is also with straight people. But in general, these people are enjoying their life, careers, love ones. Have you heard of any bakla or tomboy being imprisoned just becaused they had ‘barbeque, lollipop and clapping’ sessions?

        Homosexuality is not a sickness, i agree; for me it is a choice. And every choice in life entails certains responsibilities towards the society you are living in.

      • Anonymous

        dapat magtayo na lang kayo ng sarili ninyung relihiyon at simbahan, at maglagay din kayo ng sarili ninyung pastor at pari at dagdagan nyu na rin ng sarili ninyung gubyerno para kahit na anung gawin ninyu eh pwede na, hinde namin kayo nilalait kaya lang spare us of your craps and twisted logic

      • Anonymous

        Ah, I couldn’t really see what is “twisted” sa logic ng mga homosexuals. But maybe you wouldn’t really know logic, if that is your answer would you?

      • Anonymous

        Oh, and one more thing. I’m a straight woman, so technically, you’re not insulting me directly. And, for the other, stating the facts that the gay/lesbian community need to form their own forms of religion, and even government and then you exacerbated it with saying that they have “craps” and “twisted logic”, these statements really contradict your arguement na “hindi mo sila nilalait.”

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  • Ed Pascual

    Sorry.No such thing as LGBT community. Dont twist facts? Dont mislead people? You are just like those many showbiz people who claims that, while in USA, they are into pictorials, shooting and the many “lies” about those USA projects which are not true. Wait up. Dont misrepresent facts.

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