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President Aquino voices limited support for gay rights

President Aquino voices limited support for gay rights

Posted 22 September 2011, 11:24 AEST

Philippine President Benigno Aquino III has voiced some support for gay rights, but stopped short of endorsing gay marriage or adoption.

Mr Aquino made the comments during a visit to New York, where same-sex unions were legalised in July.

The Philippines has a vibrant gay scene and a gay political party which has been pushing for an anti-discrimination bill for 11 years.

But the Catholic Church remains opposed to the Bill, claiming it will open the door to gay marriage.

Reporter: Alma Mistry

Speaker:Bemz Benedito, Chairperson, Ladlad Partylist; Father Melvin Castro, Executive Secretary, Episcopal Commission on Family and Life, Catholic Bishops Conference of Philippines

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