Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Gay love and armed struggle

/ ceremonies / revolutionary /
It seems that the days when conservative and puritan ethics dominated revolutionary struggles are becoming history. The happy Filipino guerrilla couple who were married a couple of weeks ago by the New People's Army in the Philippines, provide testimony to the fact. Note that the article describes the Communist Party of the Philippines policies on homosexuality:
On gay relations

"[We] conducted painstaking discussions to make comrades understand gay relations and gay rights," Andres said.

"Gay cadres adhere to the strong Party discipline. They enhance the prestige of gays in the movement. This has gained positive results through the years. Comrades (male and female) and even the masses have learned to respect and recognize gays and their contribution to the revolution," he said.

As early as 1995, the CPP's Southern Mindanao Regional Party Committee started to discuss gay rights in the movement.

In 1998, a provision on gay relations and same-sex marriage was added to the CPP's guiding policy on relations contained in a document titled "On the Proletarian Relationship of Sexes (OPRS)."

Under the OPRS, the communist movement is committed to guide and ensure there is no exploitation in any relationship-heterosexual or homosexual.

Some reactions from the local community:

"Councilor Emmanuel Galicia said though he respects the same sex marriage between the two NPA rebels, "it would be difficult to enact a new legislation allowing same sex marriage since our country is predominantly Catholic."

"As of the present, our culture and religion do not support such idea," Galicia said."

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