Philippine Supreme Court allows LGBT party in May elections
Major news from the Philippines Supreme Court, who on Thursday overturned a decision barring the LGBT rights political party, Ang Ladlad, from standing in May's national elections. In a 13-2 vote, the Court declared that Ang Ladlad, whose name translates as "coming out," had complied with all legal requirements, and recalled that there is no law against homosexuality in the predominantly Roman Catholic nation of approximately 92 million.
In 2009, the Philippines Commission on Elections, COMELEC, had denied accreditation to Ang Ladlad on grounds that it tolerated immorality and offended Christians and Muslims, but the Supreme Court ruled that COMELEC "erred in applying religious belief against gays and lesbians in implementing the law on qualification of party-list groups," reports the Philippine Star.
Times are changing, even in Asia's bastion of Catholicism.