A group of lay Catholics warned against the inclusion of “same-sex union” topics in a draft curriculum being endorsed by the Department of Education (DepEd).
“The draft clearly promotes the ‘significance and advantages of same-sex unions’ and could have profound implications on the moral development of the nation’s youth,” said Raymond Daniel Cruz Jr., president of the Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas.
Cruz called on legislators and educators “to consider a deeper probe in this very important matter and to call for a review of the entire draft.”
Cruz made that statement in reference to the draft Grade 10 curriculum for Araling Panlipunan, which provides for discussions on gender rights and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community including:
- laws protecting various genders such as Quezon City and Manila city’s ordinances against discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression
- gender pay gap and
- experiences of LGBT children in the Philippines
A report on GMA News Online said the same draft curriculum also provides discussions on discrimination in home, schools and work, gender-based hate crimes as well as same-sex union, privileges of same-sex-union, and the difference between same-sex union and same-sex marriage.
Earlier, House Deputy Speaker Eddie Villanueva, a Protestant pastor, accused the Education department of promoting same-sex unions among the Filipino youth, which he described as “anti-God” and “unconstitutional.”
“We are shocked to discover that the promotion of gender ideology, same-sex union and same-sex marriage is slowly creeping under our nose into the very curriculum of our basic education,” said Villanueva, leader of the Jesus Is Lord movement.
“What is more worrying is the slant towards promoting and condoning such practices in the minds of our young students,” he said in a statement.
Villanueva cited Section 13, Article 2 of the Constitution, which provides that “the State shall promote the moral and spiritual well-being of our youth.”
DepEd, however, maintained that the topic of same-sex unions and marriages has been in the basic education curriculum since 2013.
In a statement, the Education department said the inclusion of same-sex union and same-sex marriage in the K to 12 curriculum seeks to provide students with a “broader understanding of gender-based issues, encourage respect within the community, and promote inclusivity.”