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    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

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

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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.

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    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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