Gabriela to file bill on same-sex marriage

by RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 09 2013 07:25 PM | Updated as of Jul 10 2013 05:52 AM

MANILA (UPDATED/CORRECTED) - Gabriela party-list Rep. Luz Ilagan said they will be filing a bill approving same-sex marriage in the country--but not yet.

Ilagan said they have other priorities now, but "when the right time comes, we will."

"We are still focusing legislative efforts on the amendments of the anti-Rape law, the [Electronic Violence Against Women], the increase in maternity leave benefits, the repeal of the [expanded value-added tax] and various investigations on the plight of overseas Filipino workers," she said.

Ilagan's party-list group is in the process of drafting a bill allowing divorce in the Philippines based on 5 grounds.

The lawmaker earlier listed 5 possible conditions for granting divorce in the Philippines:

1. If the couple has been separated at least 5 years and there is no more chance of reconciliation.

2. If the couple has been legally separated for at least 2 years at the time of the filing for divorce.

3. Psychological incapacity

4. Abandonment, marital infidelity or domestic violence or any of the grounds for legal separation

5. Irreconcilable differences

Gabriela hopes to file the divorce bill in the next few months.

(Correction: Our initial report erroneously said that Gabriela will be filing the same-sex marriage bill soon. -- Eds.)