Philippine President Benigno Aquino III said he respects the rights of gay couples to get married in an interview in New York during the Asia Society Forum on Tuesday. “I don’t think I’m ready to tackle that fight right now… But the perspective, and I really would have to take quite a lot of… it is their choice,” Aquino said. The President stressed that he has no problem in gay relationships as long as they don’t trouble anybody.
A statement was issued on 25 September clarifying President Aquino’s view on gay marriage.
“President Aquino is not ready to tackle the issue of gay marriage for now. We have so many problems in the government. I think we would like to address concerns on poverty and corruption before anything else,” Palace spokesman Edwin Lacierda told reporters.
Pressed if Mr. Aquino would announce his stand on the matter anytime soon, Lacierda said, “That answer is ambiguous. He is not ready to discuss the issue of gay marriage.”
Under the 1987 Constitution, gay marriage is not allowed in the Philippines.