I was caught off-guard when I read a Boingboing post about a gay marriage in the Philippines. In a country where divorce is not yet legalized, where GLBTs are still generally frowned/laughed upon, and where traditional Catholic values are still predominant, this could’ve been a momentous cultural leap had it been sanctioned by the government or a major religious group. However, it turned out that the ceremony was performed within the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) — a minority rebel group (classified as terrorists by the U.S.) whose purpose is to overthrow the government and gain independence. Aside from maybe being sincere in their “progressive” thinking, sanctioning a gay marriage is another form of making a “statement” of their “independence.” I’d take that any day, than them making their statements through kidnappings, bombings, and endless warfare (at least the U.S. can forget about using the “gay bomb” on them). But I doubt that this will make a dent on the conservative mentality of Filipinos. And I don’t see gay people joining the CPP/NPA in droves just to enjoy the privileges of same-sex marriage. I’m not downplaying the issue of same-sex marriage, but I think that Filipinos (in general) have to be comfortable first with divorce, contraception, and sexuality before addressing same-sex marriage. Even The Simpsons gets the heat for treading on this issue.
[Thanks! I could use some coffee :) ]