Philippines High Court Boots Marriage Equality Case

CNN Philippines reports:

The Supreme Court has dismissed a plea to legalize same-sex marriage in the country. The high court, in a statement Tuesday, said it junked the petition for certiorari and prohibition filed by Atty. Jesus Falcis due to its “lack of standing” and for “failing to raise an actual, justiciable controversy.” The court, despite acknowledging that the 1987 Constitution “does not define or restrict marriage on the basis of sex, gender, sexual orientation, or gender identity,” said Congress should address the recognition of same-sex unions.

The same ruling also cited Falcis and his co-counsels, Atty. Darwin Angeles, Atty. Keisha Trina Guanko, and Atty. Christopher Ryan Maranan for indirect contempt. “To forget the bare rudiments of court procedure and decorum– or worse– to purport to know them, but really, only to exploit them by way of propaganda — and then, to jump headlong into the taxing endeavor of constitutional litigation is a contemptuous betrayal of the high standards of the legal profession,” the court said in its statement.