Has Duterte changed his mind on same-sex marriage?
The controversial Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte this week expressed his support for same-sex unions, after previously declaring his opposition to gay marriage. The u-turn on the matter is likely to encounter hostility from the Church in the mainly Catholic islands.
“I said I am for (same) sex marriage if that is the trend of the modern times,” he said. “If that will add to your happiness, I am for it,” Duterte said.
The president made the above statement a gathering of LGBT people in his hometown Davao City. He vowed to protect LGBT rights and invited them to nominate a representative to work in his government.
In previous statements reported by the press Duterte was quoted as saying he was opposed to gay unions because he believed marriage is only between a man and a woman. He particularly attacked Western countries that allow same-sex marriage, especially those who criticized his brutal war on drugs
Duterte also asked the LGBT community to nominate a representative whom he could appoint to a government post, saying he needed “the brightest” to replace those he has recently fired over allegations of corruption.
“You nominate somebody who is honest, hardworking. I give you until the second week of January to nominate,” he said.