• Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (AAP)Source: AAP
The Philippines President has done a backflip—after promising to support marriage equality during his election campaign.
Michaela Morgan

23 Mar 2017 - 12:09 PM  UPDATED 23 Mar 2017 - 12:09 PM

The President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte seems to have ruled out same-sex marriage—despite previously promising to consider the issue.

During a pre-election forum in January last year, Duterte said that there was “an error in the Bible” and that marriages were for “Adam, Eve and the gays.”

However— while speaking to a small Filipino community in Burma this week— Duterte said that gay marriage “won’t work for us”.

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“We’re Catholics…and there’s the Civil Code, which says that [a man] can only marry a woman," he said. “That’s the law in the Philippines.”

He also condemned the transgender community, pointing to a recent issue of Time magazine that featured a trans woman on the cover.

“That is their culture,” he said, referring to western countries. “That’s for them. That can’t apply to us, because we are Catholics."

Duterte spoke about family members of his who are gay but nevertheless emphasised that: “Wherever God has placed you, stay there.”

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"We are reminding them that they need to act and behave with dignity and with proper care to the uniform.”

The controversial president has previously made homophobic comments about US Ambassador Philip Goldberg saying, “I had an argument with their gay ambassador, the son of a whore. He pissed me off.”

A 2013 survey found that 73 per cent of Filipinos thought that ‘homosexuality should be accepted in society’ yet there are no anti-discrimination laws in place for the LGBT+ community and same-sex couples are unable to marry or adopt.