Sister Mary John Mananzan, a Catholic nun, expressed her support to SOGIE Equality Bill. She said it does not give “special rights” to any social group, Wednesday.
The Catholic nun runs an exclusive school for the girls in Manila. Mananzan said the proposed Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity or Expression (SOGIE) Equality Bill only seeks the LGBT community’s discrimination concerns.
“I don’t see that this bill is giving any special right to this group. They are just saying that the rights of everybody should also be applied to them,” Mananzan said.
“I don’t see that this bill is giving any special right to this group. They are just saying that the rights of everybody should also be applied to them,” Mananzan added during the bill’s senate hearing.
Other churches also support SOGIE Equality Bill
Koko Alviar of the Aglipayan Church or the Iglesia Filipina Independiente said that his church was also in favor of the bill. Alviar is an openly gay man.
“We believe the full realization of human rights is our way of establishing heaven on earth,” said Alviar.
He also explained that God wanted people “to exist in a community of love.”
“‘Love the sinner,’ we are told by our anti-SOGIE Christian siblings, but how do you say you love the sinner when you are refusing them secular, universal rights to jobs, education, and healthcare based on their dissonance from your expectations?” he added.
Meanwhile, Jesus Is Lord Movement leader and CIBAC party-list Rep. Eddie Villanueva Bro. Eddie Villanueva said that SOGIE Bill gives “special rights” to some groups in society.
“SOGIE bill… will not promote equality but will instead unduly give ‘special’ rights to some members of our society at the expense of the rights of the other members and to the detriment of the social order in our community,” he said in a privilege speech.