I often wonder about the twisted priorities of Philippine society. I read just now how Quezon City Mayor Herbert “Bistek” Bautista is reportedly mulling the allowing of same-sex marriage in his city.
Ok, so how is it that something like that takes precedence over — and garners a lot more media mileage than — a no-brainer like a decent divorce law?
Both practices (divorce and gay marriage) are seen to be deviant concepts by our society owing to the way most Filipinos kneel to Catholic dogma every Sunday. But it seems to me that not all “deviant” practices are created equal. Divorce, I read, is legal in virtually every country in the world except the Phillippines and the Vatican City (the latter being a theocracy, go figure). Gay marriage, by contrast, continues to be a hard sell even in some of the most secular societies.
Based on that quick-and-dirty statistical analysis, we can conclude that the merits of gay marriage are far more debatable than divorce.
So why then is gay marriage seen to be — often shoved down our throats — as such an urgent “imperative”?
I know a lot of people who are wasting their lives in marriages that no longer work. Some spend hundreds of thousands of pesos to fund costly “annulments”. Who gets to laugh all the way to the bank? The lawyers and the clergy. Why then, Mr Bistek, is gay marriage a lot more important to you then?
Will gay people lead wretched lives if they live in a society where there is no law that will enable them to legalize their love on a piece of paper? I don’t think so. Meanwhile MILLIONS of people lead wretched lives in pointless marriages because it costs an arm and a leg, and virtually an entire lifetime, to get an “annulment”.
You gotta wonder what it is, REALLY, that is driving this baffling focus on this gay marriage thing. It seems to me that being an advocate of homosexual matrimony is seen by wannabe fashionistas as a trendy cause to wear on their sleeves. Oh yeah I forgot. Mayor Bistek is ex-showbiz. Duh. A guy who comes from the world of kabadingan and kalaswaan would, of course, advocate this sort of thing.
But the issue of divorce? Nah. There’s no catchy divorce-related slogan you can print on the Abercrombie shirt you are wearing to the club this Friday night.
Gay marriage? Jake, pare, there’s this cool flag you can display as your Facebook profile pic to show your solidarity with progressive thought.
Dude, blow me.
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