We’ve previously noted that Philippine laws do not recognize and protect same-sex marriage. It doesn’t matter which religion you belong. Unlike certain matters — divorce, for instance, which is allowed for the Muslim community — the legal non-recognition of same-sex marriage applies to all groups and religions.
When is a man a man and when is a woman a woman? In particular, does the law recognize the changes made by a physician using scalpel, drugs and counseling with regard to a person’s sex? May a person successfully petition for a change of name and sex appearing in the birth certificate to reflect the result of a sex reassignment surgery? This is the issue resolved in a 2007 case. As Supreme Court stated in Silverio vs. Republic, “the sex of a person is determined at birth, visually done by the birth attendant (the physician or midwife) by examining the genitals of the infant.”
In other words, based on this characterization, a woman can only be a woman by birth.
Now we have news that the “Miss Universe pageant is changing its rules and will allow transgender women to take part in all of its competitions starting in 2013.”
Do you agree with the decision of the Miss Universe to allow transgender women in beauty pageants? Poll is found above. Your comments below.