Cheers to equality! Pinoys and the US Supreme Court

MOVEMENT. Gay rights activists call for an end to discrimination and violence against the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community and the creation of anti-discrimination laws.

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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? 

Gujab US Supreme Court for upholding gay rights! Meanwhile, nagreklamo ang CBCP dahil sa pagpapalabas ng My Husband's Lover. #medievaltimes — Aiza Seguerra (@aizaseguerra) June 26, 2013

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

Gays also eat, work and pay taxes. So down with #DOMA. #MarriageEquality #LGBTrights — Voltaire Tupaz (@VoltaireTupaz) 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

Always the wedding planner, dress designer, caterer, and florist but never the one wed. No more. #NoH8 #Bravo #SCOTUS — carlosceldran (@carlosceldran) June 26, 2013

Congratulations United States Supreme Court for doing the right thing. #bravo #LBGTQ #equality — carlosceldran (@carlosceldran) June 26, 2013

@rapplerdotcom It's high time that the #LGBT community be allowed to enjoy the advantages of marriage. :) Philippines next, please? — Beh(seems)nice (@beeneece) June 26, 2013

@rapplerdotcom one small step for #LGBT, a giant step for all #LGBT around the world!!! — ricardo yburan sayo (@proudpinoyexpat) June 26, 2013

Cheers to equality! :) RT @maria_ressa : US Supreme Court rules on gay marriage; strikes down DOMA http://t.co/bTlHS9FvOl via @rapplerdotcom — Lei Ayala Ramos (@lei_ayala) 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