President Duterte on Thursday defended his decision not to support same-sex marriage in the Philippines, saying he wants gay couples to be happy even though the government cannot legally recognize their partnership. Mr. Duterte, whose position has angered members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community, said he was not condemning same-sex couples, and they could do what they want. But the law should be followed. “If it makes the gays happy, let them be. I do not condemn anybody there. What makes you happy, good; just don’t violate the law, period,” he said in a press briefing shortly after arriving from Burma (Myanmar) and Thailand.
March 24 / Inquirer