YANGON, Myanmar – President Rodrigo Duterte appears to be opposing same-sex marriage, after initially supporting it in a 2015 interview.
Speaking before the Filipino community in Myanmar on Sunday, Duterte said same-sex marriage is not a concept acceptable to Catholics.
Duterte has been advocating that other countries not impose their views on others as he smarts from European criticism over the extra-judicial killings linked to his war on drugs.
"'Yun ang kultura nila. Eh di kayo lang, hindi 'yan pwede sa amin kay Katoliko kami at there is the Civil Code, which says that you can only marry a woman... Iyan ang batas natin at bakit walang nung--- bakit papasok itong mga gender? Wala akong ano. Ang dalawang brother-in-law ko gay. May mga pinsan ako na gay wala akong ano pero huwag," he said.
"Kung saan ka pinuwesto ng Diyos, diyan ka lang. Huwag mong haluin kaming lahat. Biro mo, ako ang Presidente tapos wala ng --- you erase the great divide between a woman and a man. Kaya magdala ako ng babae doon sa bahay ko, lalaki, tapos babae sunod, lalaki, babae tapos.”
In an interview on ABS-CBN’s Gandang Gabi Vice in July 2015, Duterte expressed openness to the idea of legalizing same-sex marriage in the Philippines.
“It's good. Everyone deserves to be happy,” he said.