Colonialism and religion changed how Southeast Asia related to LGBTI issues. In March 2017, President Duterte backtracked on his support for same-sex marriage in the country. ‘That is their culture is,’ he said, referring to the West. ‘It doesn’t apply to us’. ‘That can’t apply to us, because we are Catholics. ‘And there is the civil code, which states you can only marry a woman for me, and for a woman to marry a man. That’s the law in the Philippines.’ The president, like other leaders of ASEAN countries, upholds a certain set of values known as Asian values.
December 13 / Gay Star News