Rodrigo Duterte expressed his support for same-sex unions

Vastavam web: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday expressed his support for same-sex unions, after previously declaring his opposition to gay marriage, in an about-face that may displease bishops in the mainly Roman Catholic country.Speaking at a gathering of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in his hometown Davao City, Duterte vowed to protect the rights of homosexuals and invited them to nominate a representative to work in his government.

Duterte previously was quoted by local media as saying he was opposed to gay unions because marriage in the Philippines is only between a man and a woman.Duterte had brought up the gender issue in the past while attacking Western countries that allow it, especially those who criticise his brutal war on drugs.Catholic bishops in the Philippines, who also oppose Duterte’s bloody anti-narcotics campaign, have voiced concern over legalising same-sex marriage after his top ally in Congress vowed earlier this year to push for it.“Why impose a morality that is no longer working and almost passed,” Duterte said, in an apparent reference to traditional chuch teaching on the issue. “So I am with you.”