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Thursday, September 5, 2019

Activist Catholic Nun Support SOGIE Equality Bill

Sister Mary John Mananzan, LGBT, Sogie Bill

Sister Mary John Mananzan, a Catholic nun, stood in the Senate hearing for Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE) Bill reading, and said that the bill doesn't intend to give special rights to third sex but only seeks for rights that are only applied to other genders as of the moment.

SOGIE bill in the Philippines is currently highly debatable and with unending discussions, after the issue on gender equality, human rights and discrimination were ignited.

The bill intends to prohibit discrimination based on sexual identity and gender orientation of a person, providing penalties to contempt of the order.

“I don’t see that this bill is giving any special right to this group. They are just saying that the rights of everybody should also be applied to them,” Mananzan said during the Senate hearing.

Sister Mary John Mananzan, LGBT, Sogie Bill

“As a religious woman, I believe in the respect, compassion, and reverence for all persons because I believe they were all made in the image and likeness of God.”

The nun also reiterated that the passing of the bill doesn't mean they can violate other people's rights, but only to protect themselves from discrimination that they are experiencing in society.

Sister Mananzan said that we should focus on uplifting the rights of all persons not just because of culture and beliefs but gender as well.

“As a religious woman, I believe in the respect, compassion, and reverence for all persons because I believe they were all made in the image and likeness of God.”

She also explained that gender discrimination is the core argument of the bill and not some special rights that other people are speculating about.

In the end, Sister Mananzan statements seemed to answer the doubts and questions that non-LGBTQ+ people are posing into that the bill could trample their rights.

Iglesia Filipina independiente AKA the Aglipayan Church said that they support SOGIE Equality bill.

"We believe the full realization of human rights is our way of establishing heaven and earth," Aglipayan Church.

"We believe God wants us to exist in a community of love," Koko Alviar of the Aglipayan Church.

"'Love the sinner,' we are told bby our Anti-SOGIE Christian siblings, but how do you love the sinner when you are refusing them secular, universal rights to jobs, education, and healthcare based on their dissonancefrom your expectations?" he added.

Published by Mark Lester, Lucis Philippines

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