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Taking the cue from the popular television soap opera “My Husband’s Lover” which depicts the romance of a gay person with a married man, a Bicolano lawmaker has filed a bill calling for equal penalties for members of the so called “third sex” who commit adulterous relationship.
Neophyte Rep. Edcel “Grex” Lagman Jr. (LP, Albay) said the bill would make lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender equally liable for committing adultery.
Lagman said that under already obsolete provisions of Article 333 of the Revised Penal Code only married men and women who have sexual intercourse with persons other than their partner are liable.
“But what if a married woman engages in a sexual activity with another woman? Conversely, what if the married man engages in a sexual activity with another man? Under the present law, no crime is committed here,” Lagman said.
Under the RPC provisions covering crimes against chastity, a married woman who commits adultery is penalized with prison correccional in its medium and maximum periods.
ON the other hand, if a married man has sexual intercourse under scandalous circumstances with a woman other than his wife, then he commits concubinage which carries a lighter sentence.
“Over the years, people all over the world have started to accept and respect the rights of what is known as the LGBT sector, which composes the lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transsexuals in society today,” he said.
“As a result, some countries and states all over the world are even starting to legalize same-sex marriages. In the Philippines, I believe a cultural change is required especially in the context where LGBT liberties invariably take center stage and, unfortunately, put on the periphery responsibilities and possible sanctions that they ought to contend with, ” stated Lagman.
Lagman has apparently thought of the bill after watching the popular My Husbands Lover television series which centers on the relationship of a married couple that is troubled by the husband’s secret romance with another man.
The former QC councillor explained that if members of the LGBT community want equal protection of law with other members of the society, they should also allow themselves to face penalties that are imposed for offenses committed by straight persons.
“I am supportive of gender equality and rights of the LGBT community but we must not limit its concept with the positive side of things. Just like in marriage, equality should be present “for better or for worse,” he explained.
He added: “Every person must also be prepared to accept and carry the burden of equal liability and responsibility. That is the true essence of democracy.”
According to Lagman the most important facet of the proposed amendments is that a gay and/or lesbian can now be prosecuted for adultery, legally putting them on equal footing with a man and/or a woman who knowingly has sexual relations with a married person.
“The law as it now stands only provides a cause of action against men and women who carry on extra marital affairs with full knowledge that their loversare married. With my amendments, there can now be a cause of action for gay and/or lesbian lovers. If this bill passes, legal recourse can now be had by an aggrieved spouse against her husband’s gay lover and or his wife’s lesbian lover,” concluded Lagman.
Courtesy of Manila Bulletin