Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said that President Rodrigo Duterte is supportive of the Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Gender Expression Equality (SOGIE) bill but is still not in favor of same-sex marriage whether it’s religious or civil.

“Malinaw na malinaw po ang paninindigan ng ating Presidente, naniniwala po siya na lahat po ng Pilipino ay pantay-pantay anuman ang kanilang kasarian,” said Roque.

The Palace official, however, clarified: “Hindi po sang-ayon ang Presidente sa same-sex marriage. Whether be it church or civil, hindi po siya sang-ayon. Pero sang-ayon po siya na magkaroon ng batas… na iiral doon sa relasyon ng kaparehong kasarian.”

Duterte supports the passage of the measure which aims to provide protection for members of the LGBT community from discrimination, harassment, and violence and penalize those who commit such offense, but he will let Congress decide on the details of the bill.

“Dahil nga po itong SOGIE Bill naman ay tinataguyod din ang karapatan na maging pantay-pantay ang lahat ng Pilipino, suportado rin po iyan ng Presidente,” said Roque.

The president initially expressed support for legalizing gay marriage but later backtracked his position, claiming that marriage in the Philippines, a predominantly Catholic nation, is only between a man and a woman.

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