The Philippines ranks number two in the world after the US for searches relating to same-sex marriage, Google’s Insights for Search revealed today.
The search data tool shows that there’s been high interest in same-sex marriage in the Philippines since February 2011.
After the Philippines, the countries which search the internet the most for terms relating to ‘same-sex marriage’ are Canada, Australia and the UK.
The US, Canada, Australia and the UK are all going through or have gone through the process of legalizing same-sex marriage. But marriage law is far from being changed in the majority Catholic nation of the Philippines.
In March 2011 Congressman Rene Relampagos filed a bill to amend the country's family code to prohibit the recognition of same-sex marriages entered into abroad. The bill is still at committee stage.
In response to US President Obama’s endorsement of gay marriage in May this year, a spokesman for President of the Philippines Benigno Aquino said ‘our laws are very clear... Our definition of marriage is a union between a man and a woman’.
Also in May champion boxer and Filipino congressman Manny Pacquiao said he is against same-sex marriage. But Filipina singer Lea Salonga and Filipino performer Martin Nievera support a change in the law to allow gay couples to get married.
The Metropolitan Community Church of Metro Baguio in the Philippines conducts holy unions for gay couples because they say ‘no law is higher than love’.