Bishop Deogracias Iniquez opposes Supreme Court Decision: Accreditation of LADLAD is pushing homosexual abnormality

MANILA, April 9, 2010— A Catholic bishop assailed a Supreme Court decision allowing a gay rights party to participate in May 10 elections. Caloocan Bishop Deogracias Iniguez said allowing a party-list group for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders in Congress is foul.

“We recognize them, respect them, but their situation is an abnormality. The person is approving and encouraging an abnormality, which is unnatural,” Iniguez said.

The country’s highest court yesterday ordered the Commission on Elections to accredit Ang Ladlad party-list for the next month’s elections. In November the poll body barred Ang Ladlad from the polls, citing moral grounds. But the Supreme Court said that homosexuality is not a crime.

Bishop Iniguez said the Catholic hierarchy opposes the court decision and said accrediting the gay rights group is pushing abnormality.

In the 2007 elections, the election commission also rejected the party on the ground that it did not represent a “marginalized and underprivileged” sector as required by election laws.

Ateneo de Manila University Professor Danton Remoto, chairman of Ang Ladlad with over 22, 000 registered members, said they would advocate “equal rights and not special rights” in the workplace and in schools to remove discrimination against homosexuals. He said same-sex marriage was not on their agenda, adding that it would prosper in the Philippines anyway. (Roy Lagarde/CBCPNews)