Philippines: Catholic student councils to senators: End debate, pass SOGIE

In a unified call for a "society grounded on equality," student government leaders from seven Catholic institutions urged the Senate to pass the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity or Expression (SOGIE) Equality Bill.

"Brought up on the Christian values of love and acceptance, and as leaders and representatives of students in Catholic academic institutions, we urge the Senate’s leadership and its members to stop the delay on the SOGIE Equality Bill and move for its approval," a statement shared on Tuesday said.

It was signed by the heads of student governments of Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU), De La Salle University(DLSU)-Manila, University of Santo Tomas (UST), De La Salle - College of St. Benilde (CSB), Miriam College (MC), St. Scholastica’s College (SSC)-Manila and San Beda University (SBU).

They described the SOGIE Equality bill as "an important piece of legislation that secures the rights and welfare of members of the LGBT community through a government policy of non-discrimination and full acceptance." Read more via GMA