Senatorial candidate Mark Lapid reiterated his support for marriage equality.
In an interview by Howie Severino in GMA Network’s News To Go, Lapid said that the rights of members of the LGBT community should be respected by the State.
This was not the first time Lapid – who is a Roman Catholic – said he is for same-sex union and marriage.
Interviewed by ANC, Lapid said that “hindi na po natin pinag-uusapan ang religious rights dito; ang pinag-uusapan po natin ay human rights po natin (we are no longer discussing religious rights; we’re talking about human rights).”
In another earlier interview, Lapid said that he will file a bill to legalize marriage equality in the country Philippines if he wins a seat in senate in the upcoming election.
“We’re not even talking of religious issues here. We’re talking about human rights,” Lapid was quoted as saying. “I’m not asking the religious sector to do it. I am just asking the government, the state, to give them (LGBT community) to give them rights equal to those of men and women.”
Lapid said that if he gets elected, a bill related to marriage equality will be the first bill he will file, adding that he will go beyond the issue as just a “battle cry”.
Lapid, the son of former Senator Lito Lapid, was the Governor of Pampanga from 2004-2007.