On Filipinos’ premature celebration of the same-sex marriage win in the United States

I don’t understand why many of us have been celebrating the victory of the Rainbow Movement that happened on the other side of the Pacific, half way around the world. It must be that many dream of a Western way of life. Don’t they look at the mirror and see that they are Asians, to be more specific, Orientals? Where is our independence, our freedom to think on our own? We must be a confused lot.

Some reactions from Asian cities was to ascribe conspiracy theories to the “Obergefell v. Hodges” ruling. China, for that matter, is queasy about the message they read into the decision. They are of the opinion that when you give a hand to a minority, that minority takes your arm as well eventually, and China has to deal with all sorts of minorities. But, China may be right. If we listen to that organization composed of guys and gals who grew up in families of same-sex marriage (#SSM) settings in Canada, we will be forewarned that #SSM has more problems than what states and governments care to acknowledge and disclose. The group has been talking about the various ills of #SSM in various fora, and for that they have been fined and jailed several times since 2005, the year Canada passed a law on #SSM. It seems the law has become a trampler of freedom of speech. Well, what can you do; when you have a man-made law that goes against tradition, reason, or natural law, the only way to implement it is with an iron-fist?

Filipinos celebrate the landmark US Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage.
Filipinos celebrate the landmark US Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage.
But, there is no need to go outside of the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) to see that the Obergefell decision, that won by a hairline, was earth-shaking. It is the first time that the dissenting Justices individually wrote their opinions, as opposed to just one consolidated write-up. And, the language of the dissenters were blistering. Chief Justice Roberts wrote that those who are for #SSM should celebrate for the decision because it makes available new benefits. But he added: “Do not celebrate the Constitution. It had nothing to do with it.” He said the decision of the majority was an “Aphorism of the Fortune Cookies”, it was not a legal opinion, it was just an “act of the will”. The others had more vitriol for a judicial activism that hijacked religious terms to support irreligious objectives. I think it was Justice Scalia who practically said that the Obergefell v Hodges has brought America to the gates of hell. It was the first time that a minority of judges were in effect asking the Americans to defy the decision of the majority of judges.

I don’t know if those who have been celebrating among us want to see America go to hell, or if they want to import that hell in lieu of the hell we are already in. But if hell is what we want, why bother with an Obergefell? Isn’t it that tourism here is already geared towards prostitution (and how funny it was how we were surprised that we were surprised at, say, the Joseph Scott Pemberton incident involving a guy who is a member of the LGBT community)? Then, there is, of course, the unhampered corruption in high places as being an “acceptable system” now, not to mention other places? Don’t we merely dismiss yet another media killing with a mere shrug of the shoulders? Or how we openly welcome all sorts of gambling, like jueteng and the lottery? Are we not content that we have had our own share of major shifts in ethics and morality, and the least bit concerned that we have not been able to handle them well?

I suspect that those who have been celebrating just want to be seen as modern, whether that is good or bad. Sorry, but aren’t you suckers for fads? Here, then, lies the problem. As usual, we think in terms of form and not of substance.

Please bear in mind that while Obergefell was a tsunami alright, Americans knew it was coming. Long before the court decision, the culture already decided. For decades, there were already small tremors by changing the definitions of various aspects of culture. Marriage slowly, state by state, was allured to follow California’s initiative of allowing divorce without cause, so marriage has been redefined as anything but long-term. Then they redefined a fetus as just a lump of cells in order for a pregnant woman, without regard for the other life inside her, to say: “This is My Body.” (Isn’t it interesting that it is the same words pronounced during the Eucharist? Is there already a cooperation with an/the Anti-Christ going on if we dig deeper?) So, if some women could look at a sexual congress just as some men who look at it as a consequence-free activity, what is preventing the LGBT from enjoying the same right?

Marriage is a private matter, but the public makes it its concern because of the possibility of a new citizen coming out of it, and somebody has to be made directly responsible for that new citizen. But if children have become a minor consideration, then the civil union of people of the same sex is no different from the marriage of heterosexuals. (I don’t know if Pinoy Pride had something to do with Gay Pride — see, nobody says Hetero Pride) Thus, what is another redefinition today as that of Obergefell, even if it is of Orwellian proportion? But if we were to follow the whole thing to its logical conclusion, it now seems irrational why the public, the state, the govt should now even be concerned with something that is so private.

But be that as it may, it is the lifestyle that the Americans have chosen. In the last few decades, they have been trying to cope with the collateral damage to their society as they enjoy the benefits of social change. Americans have been trying to mitigate the undesirable sociological and psychological impacts at the same time that they have been trying to extract economic benefits from being liberal and progressive in their approach. They knew the impact of it in pedagogy and not just see it as a phenomenology, and there have been organizations that have been putting stop measures so that these cultural experiments do not get out of hand.

So, really, I don’t understand the celebration of the many among us. Our culture just does not have the sophistication that America has. Just look at our democracy. We tried to imitate America and, as a resut, we have a democracy gone haywire, because we never bothered to understand the foundation, the philosophical undergirding that underlies a working democracy. Indeed, what we have is a government run like hell by Filipinos, as Quezon predicted. We are not just at the gates of hell, we are in hell already. Can we allow a 180-degree shift in morality as America has, when we do not even know how to weigh a positive against the negatives, or a negative against the positives. (Better not move if we are stuck in quicksand, especially in a country that calls itself Catholic, and yet is one of most morally depraved of tourist destinations!)

Until we have gone up the ladder of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, I don’t think we have the ability to talk of things as complicated as the rainbow. If we are interested in nation building, our task today should be focused on segregating what is black from what is white, probably coming to an agreement on what is gray from time to time. Outside of that task, we would be screwing up our priorities.

Our latching onto the Rainbow fad as a context to how we regard the coming elections in 2016…

It does point out how shallow we have become. How can we even talk of rainbows when those who have arrogated upon themselves, as the group of Leah Navarro had, the distinction of the ones able to distinguish black from white have themselves become color blind. How can they think of themselves as white, as those that signify purity, when they always come out swinging in the yellow side. If I am supposed to be in a shirt in immaculate white and it turns out to be yellow or tainted with something yellowish, then I must have contacted something gross, something filthy, something yucky. I will have to go home and change shirts. But, the Black and White Movement doesn’t want to go home and re-assess things. They insist President Benigno Simeon ‘BS’ Aquino is white as snow, clean of any corruption. But, how can that be when he is yellow, yucky yellow, of PDAF, DAP, Malampaya, just for a starter.

While we have been wishing and wishing that we be given other choices, other than Binay, Poe, Roxas and Duterte for these front-runners seem to be tainted with shades of black, if not shades of gray – #WalaNaBangIba — I think we are beginning to realize that this is wishful thinking. If even Leah Navarro, Cayetano, Trillanes, etc., could not stop Binay, who else could stop him? Sonamagan, even B&W’s own Jim Paredes is now unwittingly, or maybe wittingly, helping Binay with his #StopBinay movement. I am beginning to think that Jim must have spent a lot of time in Kings Cross, the red light strip of Sydney, for he seems attracted to red, the campaign color that Binay has now picked. I told you, guys, we shouldn’t be talking of rainbow colors — see, we are now getting confused.

But, I must agree that Binay is an astute politician. If it were not for the fact that he has dragged his own children into the mud of a politician’s life, I think I could vote for him for he would be a fantastic CEO. UNfortunately, any father who could do that to his children would have no qualms in violating all, or any, of the Ten Commandmenta, and I would be scared of such a person.

We have now in the middle of us a golden opportunity to change 2016 into an issue driven election, rather than personality driven. The word war now going on between Malacañang and the Binay camp has given us that opportunity. But, can we pick up the gauntlet and make 2016 a meaningful exercise? I wish we all can. But, I don’t know; we are easily dazzled by rainbows and phenomenons that have nothing to do with nation building. We are even color blind even when it comes to black and white, or with bad and good.

[Photo source: @JonasBagas on Twitter.]

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Grimwald
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Welcome to GRP Add, hope to see more of your work!

Add
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Thank you, Grimwald. Hopefully, I could contribute something to the vision/ mission of GRP — add something, not minus. I will never be as creative and prolific as you are, though, Grimwald.

Didn’t realize how quickly this thing was set up, and it was first time I communicated with BenignO via email. It was also first time I realize how professional he is. By way of a copy of this to him, let me say I appreciated that, man.

Grimwald
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Actually, while I am flattered by your first paragraph, I want to make something abundantly clear. I am only creative and prolific because I am, quite possibly, batshit insane. But beyond that, I am very pleased with your work and the way you present your idea. While I certainly approve of gay marriage, the fact that it has become another means of “getting high” and bandwagoning for Filipinos doesn’t sit right with me at all. I think that we, as a people, should first try to understand the situation in other countries first before imitating them. Also, I think we… Read more »
65Hayden00777754Toro
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We are Treating the Symptoms in our society; instead of the disease. Same sex marriages…is for homosexuals. What is next? Euthanasia or Assisted Suicide? The Right to kill yourself, when you are terminally ill.

Anyway, we are now on “Assisted National Suicide”. With leaders, like Aquino. Presidential candidates like: Roxas, Poe, Binay, Duterte, etc..We are now on “Assisted National Suicide”…

Add
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Exactly, Hayden. Maybe, it is about going back to basics, and not just copying.

If we don’t remember the basics, we will always have a shallow foundation. And, if we have a shallow foundation, it will always seem like leaping into the dark, or like commiting suicide as you say.

Robert Haighton
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Hayden,
what is your problem? Everything you mention is already available in some European countries: legal divorce, legal euthanasia, legal same sex marriage, legal abortion, legal prostitution, legal soft drugs.
All the above are available in the Netherlands. And it didnt ruin us. Why should it ruin the Philippines?

staser
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No it’s not ruining you (yet), but isn’t the Netherlands only like 80% Dutch now? That percentage will only go down every year. This is mainly thanks to the liberal movements that have swept Europe. While it’s great that many groups are getting their freedoms and should be happy, what we’re seeing is gradual genocide. Germany is also only like 80% German and the Anglo-Celts will become a minority in the UK before 2100. Here in the US whites are projected to become a minority within 30 years. Both Europe and America are rather supportive of open immigration, so when… Read more »
Robert Haighton
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Staser, I dont think that our Dutck laws attract poeple from other countries. Our country attracts people from other countries bec we are rich. So all those asylum seekers are just gold diggers who do not want and who will not adapt and adopt our human rights. Having said all this. I know that some day soon there will be a big uprising among the Dutch who will fight our government to stop allowing all those gold diggers (asylum seekers) to enter the country. An asylum seeker may enter the country alone but within months he wants his entire family… Read more »
Pallacertus
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So in the rush to affirm (and reaffirm) basic human rights, Western promulgators and advocates have forgotten one fundamental thing —

— UPHOLD WHITE HETEROSEXUAL WHATELESE WHATELSE SUPREMACY.

Seriously, I’d expect this sort of inferiority superiority complex over biological nonsense at Metapedia, not here.

055Hayden077734Toro
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@Robert Haighton:

I have no problem. These issues will SMACK straight into our Roman Catholic Religion, and other religions; and on the “Moral Police” in our country…

We hope there will no “civil war”…

0667Hayden0077777145Toro
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0667Hayden0077777145Toro

Yes…we hope there will be no “civil war”…

Robert Haighton
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Hayden,
Well despite everything I do know the Philippines have problems that are more important to fix first. But those problems cannot be solved by any PH government. They can only be solved by the PH individual.

Ebola Ray
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A government for and of the people could do a lot to cure what is wrong with the Philippines. A whole lot could be done by the government but they are perfectly willing to let the 99% scrounge like ‘untermensch’ and kill each each other. Meanwhile the government and the rest of the 1% just rob all that is not nailed down(and most of that too!) and laugh at the people whilst doing it.

T
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I am reminded of those friends who rainbowed their profile pics not knowing what it meant and reverted a few hours later upon learning the story behind the trend.
In short, it’s goddamn hip right now to be a supporter of ss-marriage. it is apparently a reason to party! party! party! wooo hooo! Even if the impact on your country means dick. Sunday naman balik ulit lahat sa simbahan where the priests scramble to condemn the act while the sheep nod their hollow heads in agreement.

Crazy Rick
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Today I sat in Traffic for 10 minutes in the Bisayas, wondering what the hell was going on again , thinking some traffic accident of horrible proportions had happened as the ambulance tried to make its way through the crowd of Trikes , motorcycles and vehicles, only to be placed in front of 2 ridiculous Pinay bitches (racist? Sexist?….maybe, but a spade is a spade) arguing in the middle of the street about who hit who in a minor fenderbender…. In a society gone “batshit crazy” , where even minor things become headline news , where crimes against poor 18… Read more »
Serge
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It’s that inherent colonial mentality that’s been instilled upon the people for centuries. The US is seen as the paragon of modernity, civility and prosperity therefore everything that happens there, Pinoys have to be on the watch for. In fact, it really is not supposed to be a big deal in the Philippines seeing as how homosexuals enjoy relative amounts of freedom and privilege despite the prevailing Roman Catholic attitude pervading the populace, especially compared to its neighboring Asian countries up North. So yeah, what’s all the hubbub about?

ice cube
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ummm….we don’t even have no cause divorce….baby steps

staser
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@Robert Haighton If a country is “free and open” like the Netherlands it’s going to cause immigrants to move there, illegal or not. Once you have many peoples of different ethnic backgrounds, orientations, cultural beliefs, political ideologies, and economic statuses coming to your country all those groups will start to campaign for every right and privilege in their interests. Once that happens, the majority population will be silenced and will not be allowed to speak against it in fear of being labeled racist or discriminatory. In other words, they slowly become a minority in their own country as it transforms… Read more »
Robert Haighton
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Staser, Our – the Dutch – problem is that we are too lenient with asylum seekers. At some point they (the asylum seekers) are done in/with all the juridicial things (they exhausted all legal remedies/avenues). From that point/moment onwards they have to be exported to their home country. But what does the national Dutch police do? Not much. So the asylum seekers enter an illegal status and start to roam/wander/ramble/stray through Dutch cities. From a social point of view, some have the view we have to offer those BBB (bed, bath and breakfast). This “responsibility” is laid down to the… Read more »
staser
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@Robert Haighton I read in an article that more Dutch are leaving the Netherlands than there are returning. There are also less Dutch having families. By migrating to another country you are also contributing to the slow end to the character of that nation. I can’t help but feel that this was all planned from the start, to force all of Europe to unknowingly destroy their own individual cultural identities, and ultimately just mix altogether (along with immigrants) to just form a “European”. This is happening without anyone realizing it. That’s the path white countries are heading towards and I… Read more »
Robert Haighton
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Staser, not sure if what I am about to say is contradicting other statements made by me. I think most Dutch people’s mind is “where ever I lay my hat, is my home”. As long as they (and I) can live comfortably then it surely complies to me. I am not not nationalistic and I am certainly not conservative and not old-fashioned. Let me give you a simple example: if you want to burn the Dutch flag, I wont get angry with you, I wont kill you, I wont even hate you. I see it very simple: I was born… Read more »
Robert Haighton
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Staser, one other important thing. In general we – the Dutch – are not very family centered/focused/oriented. We are far more self-centered. Hence, the expression “where ever I lay my hat …”. And all this comes because we are raised that way. We (sons and daughters equally) are raised to be independent, autonomous, critical etc etc. I think our way is complete opposite to the PH way. Thats why, there is no ONE (1) dutch culture. Every Dutch person differs from the other. Even within one family you will find different opinions about one and the same issue. And you… Read more »
Robert Haighton
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Staser, (just to add) I guess you probably know this but still. An asylim seeker needs to obtain the official status of being a refugee. But I dont know the requirements for that. Maybe he is gay in a country that doenst tolerate gays at all. Maybe he is coming from a country in a civil war and just wants to escape the war. Maybe he is a Christian and not certain he will live the next day courtesy of ISIS. And maybe there are a lot of real gold digers among them. In all cases they never have any… Read more »
Pallacertus
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Liberal secular cesspool here. It’s funny how no white supremacist (you yes YOU) ever bitches about the fate of Native Americans after Columbus. Then the European takeover was far more total than is the case now with your betes noires — see the total American Indian populations or lack thereof in most Caribbean nations and certain South American countries, also see the spiels made early last century about the supposed extinction of the Indian in the continental United States — and yet no one of your persuasion has stood up for them and their right to retake what was theirs.… Read more »
benign0
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Dude, look around you. The world order today and the racial stock of the dominant groups ruling today reflect the characteristics of the winners — even in the Philippines. The majority of Filipinos, in fact, are a conquered people even before the Spaniards came. Indigenous people in what was to be the Philippine archipelago were marginalised by immigrant settlers coming from the Asian mainland and surrounding southeast Asian islands. Today Tagalogs lord it over the whole nation imposing their dialect on the rest of what is now known as “the Philippines”. It is just a pecking order, see. At the… Read more »
Pallacertus
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“Dude, look around you.” Dude, I’ve been looking around me. Hearing around me. Reading around me. I don’t see races — I see people. Different religious and political persuasions. Different sexual preferences. Different social standings. Different skin colors. Different cultures. But still Homo sapiens sapiens, from the tips of their pubic hairs to the chemical composition of the hormones secreted by their pituitaries. “We may now pontificate about how every individual in the species Homo Sapiens has a “right” to “equality”.” And now we will pontificate, no matter how many times we backslide and bend over — for most of… Read more »
benign0
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“I don’t see races — I see people…”

Coulda fooled me, @Pallacertus. You’re the one who first played the “White Supremacist” card here following posts from other commenters that laid out facts and insights without having to resort to labeling people.

Pallacertus
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“Coulda fooled me, @Pallacertus. You’re the one who first played the “White Supremacist” card here following posts from other commenters that laid out facts and insights without having to resort to labeling people.” What now — I can’t call a white supremacist a white supremacist, benign0? I told you I’ve been reading around. You can take a casual stroll at Metapedia and see all these and more. You can go to the website of the Council of Conservative Citizens just as Dylann Roof did, and be exposed to prattle about white achievements prerogatives insecurities. It doesn’t matter to me if… Read more »
benign0
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I’m not saying you can’t @Pallacertus. All I’m saying is you did — which contradicts what you said; that you don’t see races, only “people”.

If you think there is white supremacism going on here, that’s your opinion and your position to defend. And so far, you don’t seem to be mounting a credible defense of that position seeing your crybaby style of argumentation.

Ebola Ray
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@ Benigno, IDK if you are referring to the world or the Philippines, but, in world terms, the ‘There’s no racial conspiracy going on here.Its just human history’ remark sounds a bit naive/out of touch with reality. The fact is, much of human history is exactly that, a ‘Racist conspiracy’.
I do not have to elaborate on this do I ?

JRIgnacio
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Most of our countrymen see the US as a leader! So with same sex marriage aka “marriage equality” being allowed by the US SC denying each US State the right to decide for themselves. Most of them celebrating as they think the Phil. will be next to follow!

staser
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Filipinos are foolish if they believe the US is a worthy leader in anything nowadays. America has officially killed state sovereignty and have abandoned the US Constitution ever since they’ve been waging foreign wars without congressional approval. Here in the US the federal government has grown so much power it’s out of control. The liberal agenda has completely hijacked American society and is forcing everyone to accept multiculturalism, illegal immigration, abortion, homosexuality, affirmative action, gun control, pro-semitism, and all forms of political correctness. At least 20 states are having secessionist movements. Just like what has happened to Canada, Europe, Australia,… Read more »
Sick Amore
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Ohwow, another GRP writer that will help necessitate thinking hehe. Great article.

“Do not celebrate the Constitution. It had nothing to do with it.”

Indeed. The constitution is for all and not just for minorities. And first and foremost, those in power and the people should defend the society by making measures that would keep it intact not what will cause its divide.

KratosGodofPeace
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Just to add something important. How the heck could the Supreme Court here in the Philippines allow same-sex marriage when the next thing you know, the Catholic Church would intervene and say “Don’t allow this to happen, SC.”? It is very unclear that such event would happen here because the LGBT community here is currently under fire by Philippine society per se, and they would feel the wrath of the straight men and women not by just words, but by force. How could PH society accept these kind of people if close-minded people come and deprive the LGBT people for… Read more »
Pepe Rep
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I like your take on this. The problem with Justice Kennedy’s language is that it’s very political and worse, emotive (to the point of ad misericordiam) rather than a rigorous elucidation of their constitution based on legal reasoning. I also find that it seems on the other extreme, it pushes, as some (libertarians who say that the state should not be in the business of marriage at all) might call an “antiquated” view of marriage. Very odd. It was a weak romantic case that has really elevated a right to state-sanctioned marriage. Very odd indeed. With regards to your discussion… Read more »
RBR
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Great read!

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