In a speech at the opening of the second regular session of the 17th congress, Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez pushed for an easy dissolution of marriage and the legalization of civil union for same sex marriage.
Alvarez called his colleagues to support a bill he planned to file. He also stated that marriage remained elusive for same sex couples, since there were couples who would opt to resort for civil union instead of marriage.
Bataan Rep. Geraldine Roman, the country’s first transgender lawmaker is entrusted to file civil union bill according to Alavarez.
“We must also consider the fact that marriage may not be for everyone. Presently, it even excludes certain groups of people. Let us tackle this issue head on,” Alvarez said
“Our citizens should not be excluded from society just because of the person they love. They must also be treated with equality before the law. I support Rep. Roman’s fight against discrimination in our society,” he added.
Alvarez who has failed in his marriage from his wife, also pushed for an easy dissolution of marriage.He also said that it is now time to pass the bill allowing couples not happily married to easily void the unions before the courts.
“Let us not only aim for landmark legislation, grand in scope, but also seek to address concerns that involve the basic fundamental unit of our society – the family. Admittedly, there is a sad reality about some marriages,” Alvarez said.
He would also be entrusting former Senator Taguig Re. Pia Cayetano with pushing for the measure in the second regular session.
“I thank Rep. Pia Cayetano for her commitment to file a bill that will allow for the dissolution of marriage. Married persons can mutually agree to end their marriage subject to the approval of the court,” He said.