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Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte comes out in favour of same-sex marriage

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The President of the Philippines has offered support for same-sex marriage and has said he plans to set up a LGBT commission.

Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday announced plans for the commission as he spoke at the 7th LGBT year-end gathering at Azuela Cove.

He asked for members of the LGBT community to put forward nominees for the commission.

The President asked for the “brightest” most “honest” and “hardworking” LGBT people to be put forward for the roles.


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Also speaking at the event, Dueterte also came out in support of same-sex marriage.

He said he “doesn’t have a problem with a man marrying a man”.

He also said “we will have to change the law”.

A statement from Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said: “President Duterte is the president of all Filipinos. This administration has long espoused inclusivity and sensitivity. We make no distinction. We are all Filipinos enjoying our rights, freedom and equality before the law.”

This is a stark contrast from comments made earlier this year by Duterte.

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The President earlier this year claimed prisoners are ‘beyond reform’ because they have turned gay.

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