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Equality champ Roman attends first hearing on civil partnership bill

Feb 2, 2018 @ 9:38
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Bataan 1st District Rep. Geraldine Roman on Wednesday attended the House Committee on Women and Gender Equality’s first hearing on the Civil Partnership Bill.

The bill seeks to recognize civil partnership and provide couple’s rights and obligation.

As one of the principal authors of the bill, Roman clarified the difference between civil partnership and marriage.

“It only seeks to recognize the fact that there are already Filipinos [in] stable relationships and common properties and may have children,” she said in her sponsorship speech.

“And they, too, as Filipinos have the right to be legally recognized by the State,” she added.

Once passed, the measure will grant civil partnership couples with rights and benefits the same as with legally married spouses.

“It is simply being realistic, it is simply being democratic for us to recognize that there are some Filipinos who choose not to be married but are in stable, loving relationships. And they, too, as Filipinos, deserve the legal recognition and all of the rights and obligations that this recognition entails,” Roman said.

Roman has been pushing for the bill’s passage as a practical measure to equalize rights among different members of society, including the LGBT community.

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