The Supreme Court yesterday granted, by a vote of 13 to 2, the petition of Ang Ladlad, a national organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Filipinos (LGBTs), to stop the Commission on Elections from implementing two resolutions denying accreditation as a party list in the May 10 elections. The most visible advocate of Ang Ladlad is Dante Remoto, an Ateneo professor, who will likely be its leading nominee.
In the majority decision penned by Associate Justice Mariano del Castillo, the Court en banc set aside Comelec resolutions dated Nov. 11, 2009 and Dec. 16, 2009 denying the group’s accreditation as a party list group based on “moral grounds.”
“We are not blind to the fact that, through the years, homosexual conduct, and perhaps homosexuals themselves, have borne the brunt of societal disapproval. It is not difficult to imagine the reasons behind this censure – religious beliefs, convictions about the preservation of marriage, family, and procreation, even dislike or distrust of homosexuals themselves and their perceived lifestyle. Nonetheless, we recall that the Philippines has not seen fit to criminalize homosexual conduct,” the Court ruled.
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