Pope Francis civil union comment taken out of context –Sen. Sotto

MANILA, Oct 26 (Mabuhay) — Senate President Vicente Sotto III on Saturday claimed that Pope Francis was misquoted when he expressed support for same-sex civil union laws, saying the Pope meant that families should not ostracize homosexuals.

“Ang ibig niyang sabihin doon, yung mga nangyayari kasi na yung iba ino-ostracize pagka homosexual, parang they are throwing out someone from the family, hindi dapat ganoon,” Sotto said in a radio interview.

“Ako, ang tingin ko, sa intindi ko ng Kastila, misquoted, misunderstood, out of context yung sinabi. Kaya hindi ako nagiging popish than the Pope. Kalokohan yun, ang nakakaisip noon ay mukhang hindi nakakaintindi. Basahin nila munang mabuti,” he later added.

Last Wednesday, Pope Francis said that homosexuals should be protected by civil union laws.

“Homosexual people have a right to be in a family. They are children of God and have a right to a family. Nobody should be thrown out or be made miserable over it. What we have to create is a civil union law. That way they are legally covered. I stood up for that,” Pope Francis said.

Sotto said the Pope’s quote after he said that they had “a right to a family” gave it a different context.

“Gusto nilang sabihin pwedeng magtayo ng sarili nilang pamilya. ‘What we have to have,’ sabi niya, ‘is a civil union law, that way they are legally covered. I supported that’,” Sotto said.

“‘Yan ang sinasabi ko na sa atin, lahat ng tao, whether ikaw babae, lalake or whatever gender you would want to classify yourself, we are all homo sapiens. Sabi ko nga, all the rights, all the laws, protect all of us. You are protected legally, kahit homosexual ka, you are protected legally,” he added.

According to the Senate President, there was nothing to legalize in the country as same-sex couples were accepted in the Philippines. However, he said same-sex marriage was another matter.

“Anyway, yung sinasabi na same sex union, dito sa Pilipinas, tanggap naman yan. Alam naman natin na nagsasama si ganito, nagsasama si ganyan, lalo na kung wala namang asawa, eh di walang problema, ‘di ba? Anong kailangan nating i-legislate doon eh pwede naman yun?” Sotto said.

“Unless you just want to open the door for same-sex marriage. Pagka ganoon ang gusto mo, palitan mo yung constitution at saka yung family code. Yun ang attack noon, hindi yung attack ay sa civil rights. Pagkat sa civil rights, pantay-pantay tayo kahit homosexual ka or hindi,” he added. (MNS)

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