Cheers to equality! Pinoys and the US Supreme Court
MANILA, Philippines - There is much merry-making and deservingly so, as the United States (US) Supreme Court (SC) decided on landmark cases concerning gay rights on Wednesday, June 27.
On June 26, the federal nation’s high court declared the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) as unconstitutional, setting a precedent for other gay couples who would seek and want to enjoy federal benefits in states where their marriages are not legally recognized.
A few minutes after, the US high court also ruled against California’s controversial ban on gay marriage, better known as Proposition 8.
The two rulings are a step forward for the LGBT movement.
What does this mean for the homosexuals in the Philippines and for Filipinos in the US? How did Pinoys react to the SC decisions?
I go home (from a terribly unlucky day) and read about the US Supreme Court declaring the DOMA unconstitutional. Faith in humanity restored!— Mark Gil Quitoy (@markquitoy) June 26, 2013
Do you ever get the feeling that legislation and jurisprudence in the US dictates ... Errr... Strongly influences the currents here? #justso— James Jimenez (@jabjimenez) June 26, 2013
DOMA's gone. Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah . . . It's PARTY in the USA. http://t.co/COffsOHJVL— Carlos Hernandez (@CarlosTheFierce) June 26, 2013
#Doma is dead.— RJ Barrete (@rjamesbarrete) June 26, 2013
@aizaseguerra The CBCP should take a leaf out of the US Supreme Court's book. Or they should just focus on other issues instead. ;)— Julian Mauricio (@JulianMauricio) June 26, 2013
- with reports from Ryan Macasero/Rappler.com