Monday, June 15, 2009
Protections for Lesbian Partners
Marriage has always been viewed as a religious practice, more so in my country Philippines whereby majority of the population is Catholic.
After living together through "rotten and bliss" for close to a decade, my partner and I plan to get married--one day if the law will allow us-- not for religious intentions but for the legal protection that marriage would breath to us as a lesbian couple.
Like many countries in the world, the Philippines, in particular Article 1 of the Family Code law states, "Marriage is a special contract of permanent union between a man and a woman ...."
What about the permanent union between a "woman and a woman"?
The Alternative Law Groups (ALG) in the Philippines is calling that the current definition of family includes the non-traditional families such as gay or lesbian couples living together. Also, the rights group Project Equality is pushing for the benefits for same-sex partners, in particular the granting of next-of-kin status for same-sex couples.
As we shout for the enactment of a law or a Supreme Court ruling that recognizes the permanent union of gay and lesbian couples, what are our alternatives meanwhile here?
As my partner and I are partners, not only in life but in business, we see to it that our properties are in co-owners status. We also keep in tow two documents: a special power of attorney and a will to protect each other when the rotten days come.