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Leading Philippine prelate: divorce, same-sex marriage legislation unlikely to pass

June 07, 2013

Archbishop Jose Palma of Cebu, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, has said that legislation that would expand divorce and alter the definition of marriage in the largely Catholic nation is unlikely to pass.

In the Philippines, divorce is legal only for Muslims; annulments are permitted.

Despite the recent passage of sex education and contraceptive distribution legislation, “I don’t believe that the other bills would come easy,” said Archbishop Palma. “I think the Philippines is not that excited to follow immediately … We are seeing a change of beliefs among the Filipinos against these kinds of laws.”


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