Philippines' Duterte Voices Support for Gay Marriage: 'Trend of Modern Times'

© AP Photo / Aaron FavilaFilipino LGBT (Lesbians Gays Bisexual and Transgenders) couple Loida Romero, right, and Marissa Reglos kiss during a "Rite of Holy Union" ceremony in suburban Quezon city, Manila, Philippines on Sunday, June 28, 2015
Filipino LGBT (Lesbians Gays Bisexual and Transgenders) couple Loida Romero, right, and Marissa Reglos kiss during a Rite of Holy Union ceremony in suburban Quezon city, Manila, Philippines on Sunday, June 28, 2015 - Sputnik International
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Only one country in Asia-Pacific, Australia, currently recognizes same-sex unions.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte expressed support for same-sex unions when speaking at a gathering of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in Davao. "I said I am for [same] sex marriage if that is the trend of the modern times," adding, "If that will add to your happiness, I am for it."

"Why impose a morality that is no longer working and almost passed," Duterte said. "So I am with you."

The Filippino president has asked the LGBT community to nominate a representative to work in his government.

READ MORE: Australians Send 'Overwhelming' Message to Gov't: Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

Previously Duterte was quoted as saying that he opposed gay marriage in the Philippines, a mostly Roman Catholic nation, while Christian bishops voiced concern over legalizing such unions.

A total of 25 countries, mostly in Europe and North and South America, have officially recognized same-sex marriage nationwide or in some parts, with Australia being the latest to legalize gay unions.

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