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Earlier this morning, Australia just voted “yes” on same-sex marriage. They conducted a two-month survey and the results revealed that 62% of the 12.7 million people who voted to legalize gay marriage said “YES” while only 38.4% said “no”.

This means that same-sex couples in Australia could be able to marry by Christmas. However, their parliament must a adopt legislation first to enact the result of the votes as law.

This got us wondering. The Philippines is ranked among the top 10 most gay-friendly countries in the world. A 2002 Pew Research Center survey showed that “73% of adult Filipinos agreed with the statement that "homosexuality should be accepted by society". However, the Philippines is still one of those countries that don't legalize gay marriage unlike the United States of America, Canada, Norway, Spain, South Africa and now recently Australia.

Earlier this year, President Rodrigo Duterte stressed that marriage should only be between a man and a woman. The President, during a speech he did in Myanmar back in March, said homosexuals should not be forced to adopt the mindset of the west.

The President thinks that Western culture of same sex marriage is blurring the lines between what is acceptable. The President claims that Western ideals should not be imposed on other countries, especially ours which has a strong Catholic background.