House holds online poll on same sex unions

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 21) — The House of Representatives is conducting an online survey on same-sex unions.

The poll, posted on the chamber's website, asked whether the respondents are in favor, against, or undecided about the proposal on the legalization of same-sex unions as civil partnership in the country.

As of writing, the survey has 65,216 respondents, with 38,332 or 59 percent saying they are against the proposal. More than 26,000 or 41 percent are in favor while only 3397 or 1 percent are undecided.

The survey comes ahead of the celebration of "Pride Month" in June and days after same-sex marriage was legalized in Taiwan.

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A petition seeking to allow same-sex marriage in the Philippines filed by gay lawyer Jesus Falcis is pending before the Supreme Court. An oral argument on the proposal was held in June last year.

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The petition, filed in 2015, asked the High Court to declare Articles 1 and 2 of the Family Code unconstitutional. The provisions of the 31-year-old law limits marriage between a man and a woman.

Falcis also wanted to nullify Articles 46(4) and 55 (6) of the Family Code, which include homosexuality or lesbianism as legal grounds for annulment and legal separation.