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The family is the basic unit of society. To deny one to be part of it, is to deny them their place in society. We stand firm in our belief that a family, in a modern democratic society, is rooted on love, equality, and respect for all. No group should be deprived of the ability to found and be part of a family. In our quest to be part of the Filipino culture of family, one battle is being fought to pursue our right to belong as equal members of society. On June 19, the Supreme Court will hold its first oral arguments on Marriage Equality, three years after the Petition for Certiorari was filed to challenge the discrimination under the law. This historic moment will be the catalyst for change of the lives of thousands of Filipino couples with diverse sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression (SOGIE) and will allow them to be able to marry and found a family of their own. Marriage is a partnership of equals. It is the union of two people who love each other and wish to commit to each other, for better or for worse. Once allowed, marriage equality will in no way prevent traditional families from continuing to exist, but rather legally recognize the other non-traditional but legitimate kinds of families that already exist. Hate and prejudice has prevented us from recognizing that LGBTQ+ people deserve the same rights and respect every human being deserves. It’s time to change that. It’s time for love and equality to trump hate and prejudice, in order for every individual and every family to be truly accepted, not merely tolerated, in society. We, straight allies and members of the LGBTQ+ Community, all over the country, are taking our stand in fighting for a future where no one is excluded from founding a family, the basic unit of society. We urge the Supreme Court to decide in favor of family, equality, and human dignity. We’ll make our voices heard. Support MARRIAGE EQUALITY on June 19!