Following the June 26th news that the United States of America has legalized same-sex marriage countywide, millions of people around the world celebrated especially the LGBT community for this "victorious" event. Here in the Philippines, a country dominated by Roman Catholicism and democracy the people had mixed reactions. Those supportive of the U.S. decision have been adding "rainbow filters" to their online photos, while others dominated the comments section of online articles and shared a piece of their dismay in the said ruling. According to an online article from Rappler.com, 7 out of 10 Filipinos oppose same-sex marriage. For a country where Roman Catholicism has been firmly rooted for centuries, it is no surprise that these results reflect highly on what the majority of us Filipinos think.
There are positive, there are negative, and there are out-of-this world take like ours.
Stay Calm and Keep It Together:
Before reading any further, remember that the same-sex marriage issue has been a little sensitive right from the start. Now in order for us not the explode in rage (or extreme joy), we have to keep an open mind and try to view the issue from both sides. The Xambayan Team tried to view it from another view - that is, Mother Earth's perspective.
The Mutuality of Man and Nature:
And so, we present our theory. This may be taken as a simple and weird analysis, or as a serious life-changing theory. Either way, kwentong inuman lang siguro ang aabutin neto, but we mean no insult or harm to anyone who are Pro- and Anti-Same-sex marriage.
Remember that Earth is facing multiple crises. Worldwide threats such as animal extinction, global warming, and the quest for renewable energy has been going on for years. One such threat is OVERPOPULATION. The Philippines is 12th among the most populated countries (Source via Worldometers) with a total population of around 101,800,000 Million (as of this article's posting), which is around one-third of the population of United States. The Philippines is getting crammed, and we are not slowing down our population growth any time soon. Several ideas on countering overpopulation has been pitched by various people, from simple Family Planning, to Dan Brown's fertility control in Inferno, to negative outlooks in the quest to prolong life. The Philippines is quite small. Our resources, getting smaller. What could be a good solution? Here's one: Same-sex marriage.
Indeed. Our numbers are getting higher and our resources are getting lower. Paano nasama yung same-sex marriage dito? Just imagine: same-sex marriage gets legalized here in the Philippines. Of course they are committed. They would want children. But those of different sexes cannot procreate by natural means. If they want kids, one of the less costly options available in the country is adoption. Again, they cannot give birth to a child through natural means. Basically, reproduction got the shorter stick in this scenario. If there would be around 30% of us Filipinos marrying the same sex, that would help lower the birth rate and help reduce the population growth of the country. Hello, positive effects.
As a conclusion, we say: the increase of people in the LGBT community may be a side-effect of the growing population growth. Nature has its natural means of protecting itself - storms, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes - help Earth maintain its balance and retain its ability to support life. Embedded in us, in a minuscule possibility, is the social ability to help Mother Nature. Searching for the same sex for partners may give those concerned the happiness and fulfillment they need, and unbeknownst to them, a subconscious thought that could save Earth from its ballooning human population.
(c) Xambayan 2015