Source: The Guardian
BY Carmela Fonbuena in Manila
In the Philippines, where Catholicism is dominant and divorce is still illegal, a young atheist, openly gay lawyer is leading a historic fight for same-sex marriage.
Jesus Falcis, 31, will face the supreme court on Tuesday to argue that a law limiting marriage to a man and a woman violates the 1987 Philippine Constitution, which he said doesn’t make gender specifications on who can be married.
“I took up law to change the law. As a gay person, as a member of the minority I want to challenge laws that discriminate against LGBT people and advocate for laws that would help us,” said Falcis.
Falcis has found an unlikely ally in his fight in the Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte. Falcis has been a vocal critic of Duterte’s bloody anti-drug campaign and the ousting of supreme court chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. But on this issue, he and Duterte agree.