12 Reasons why we oppose SOGIE bill by Norman Lao

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WE OPPOSE the SOGIE bill not because we hate LGBTQ+. We do not hate any of them. We do not even oppose SOGIE bill for direct religious reasons.

Here are the reasons why we oppose the SOGIE bill:

1. SOGIE is unfair to straight people

For example, we will be penalized for “hurting their feelings” with P100,000-500,000 plus 1-6 years imprisonment, while there is no provision of law that LGBTQ+ people will be penalized if they hurt ours.

2. Restrict religious freedom

There are provisions in SOGIE that can be used to curtail our exercise of religious freedoms. For example, we cannot speak in public to express what we know is the truth.

3. Possible ban of the Bible

The Bible, the basis of our faith and practice since the time of Jesus Christ, might be banned because of the provision that all media that “discriminates against” LGBTQ+ will not be allowed for circulation.

4. Impose LGBTQ’s view of sex education to our children

There is a provision in the SOGIE Bill that will impose LGBTQ+ teaching upon our children since they will be integrated in all educational institutions. This will include sex education from the point of view of homosexuality.

5. Confusing claim to empower women

The claim that the SOGIE Bill will empower women is CONFUSING since there is no “W-omen” in L.G.B.T.Q.”

6. There is NO NEED for SOGIE

If the LGBTQ+ community needs a CR for themselves, let them file a Bill that addresses that specific issue such as “LGBTQ+ CR Bill” that will require all establishments to build a CR for them.

7. The SOGIE Bill is NOT for Equality

The SOGIE bill is clearly not for equality but for Preferential Treatment of members of the LGBTQ+ over the rest of the people. This is quite clear in the recent transgender CR fiasco where the transgender was given more media mileage and government attention compared to the Straight Janitress.

8. The SOGIE Bill does not address discrimination

It actually discriminates against straight people. We already feel discriminated even when SOGIE is not yet a law.

9. The SOGIE Bill is deceptive

Why remove the “except for marriage” clause in the application for licenses in the Senate version of the Bill?

10. Bill of Rights and Constitution provide substantial provisions

There are substantial provisions in the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and other existing laws that protect the rights of LGBTQ+ people and the rest of the nation.

11. SOGIE forces us to believe that transgender is a woman

We cannot be forced to accept as normal and natural what we believe is not. To say that a trans-woman is a REAL WOMAN and expect all of us to accept that as “truth” is an imposition of one’s thinking over the majority of the Filipinos. (Even though this does not appear in the SOGIE Bill the fact is that it was commented by one of the strongest proponents of the SOGIE Bill.)

12. Enforcing LGBTQ+ beliefs to others

We are apprehensive what a SOGIE LAW will do to our nation. One advocate of the SOGIE Bill said that “gender must not be assigned at birth” which, for us, is a revelation of what is at the heart of the SOGIE Bill: the imposition of the LGBTQ+ will on the majority of the Filipino people.

For these reasons, we oppose the passing of the said bill.

Submitted with all due respect.


Note: No verse from the Bible was quoted in this article and no hate words were used.

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