A Thesis Presented to the
Faculty of the College of International Tourism
And Hospitality Management
LYCEUM OF THE PHILIPPINES UNIVERSITY
In partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Tourism
Ang, Dianne Marie M.
Bayot, Donalynne B.
THE PROBLEM AND ITS BACKGROUND
In our generation today, homosexuals have been widely accepted by the majority may it be a gay or a lesbian. People have come to recognize the existence of the "third sex" and through time they have also accepted “same-sex relationships" in our society. But controversies and arguments arise when homosexuals started proposing the idea of legalizing "same-sex marriage".
The issue on legalizing same-sex marriage has been going on for decades. It has received a lot of objection and opposition since it contradicts the accustomed meaning of marriage as a "union between a man and a woman". Though there have been few countries which have approved or have begun to legally formalizing marriage between same sex marriage like Canada, Italy and etc. Still the majority of countries do not recognize this kind of marriage.
The researchers pond this issue because it has always been an informal situation in the society. It is a fact that homosexuals are common subject of discussion among genders and up until now, they are not well accepted in their own living environment and are discriminated. It is very interesting and controversial that led the researchers to study the said issue.
BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY
Marriage has usually been a commitment between the male and female. But nowadays, various countries around the world recognize the union between same sexes. In many cultures the issue of same sex marriage has ignited a firestorm of controversy in the press and living rooms.
Same-sex love, as Plato's symposium shows, is as ancient as human love, and the question of how it is recognized and understood has overwhelmed every human civilization. And today in a number of foreign countries, laws extending civil marriage to gay and lesbian couples have been enacted. In 2001 the Netherlands opened civil marriage to gay couples and allowed them to adopt children as well. Belgium followed suit in 2003, although it did not go as far as the Netherlands: gay couples have no adoption rights in Belgium. Most other European countries only allow for some kind of registered partnership with some degree of protection. By now most legal systems in Europe provide some kind of status, even in Catholic countries like Spain . Some states of the United States have followed and provided registries for same-sex partnerships and grant them certain rights. The Philippines is one of the most Catholic or church influenced country in the world. It has always been advocated in keeping the laws of God. The critics of same sex unions have also gone beyond debates and discourse for the past. Many Filipino homosexual’s has been protesting for their freedom rights to consider the union between same sex relationships. Until now, the government has no grant given for this plea. According to the family code of the Philippines or executive order 209, “Marriage is a special contract of permanent union between a man and a woman entered into in accordance with law for the establishment of conjugal and family life." Not meeting this requirement will make the marriage invalid. (http://www.chanrobles.com/executiveorderno209.htm)
The expectations for the study are to lead to more open-minded students and for them to be ore knowledgeable to the situation. Moreover, be able to tabulate answers without unbiased conclusions, and to know the...