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Homosexuality: Morality, Acceptability, and Relationship to God

2016-2017

A Thesis Presented to the

Faculty of the Religious Education

UNIVERSITY OF LA SALETTE

In partial fulfillment of the requirements for Religious Education 006

Submitted By:

KIMBERLY MAE A. GAMMAD

JOYCE ROQUE

Submitted To:

Mr. Ronnie V. Viray, MAED, MARE

March 2017
Table of Content

Acknowledgement and Dedication

I. Chapter 1: The Problem and its Background

i. Introduction

ii. Background of the Study

iii. Statement of the Problem

iv. Objectives of the Study

v. Significance of the Study

vi. Scope and Limitations

vii. Definition of Terms

II. Chapter 2: Methods of the Study

III. Review of Related Literature and Studies

IV. Conclusion
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT AND DEDICATION

We thank all who in one way or another contributed in the completion of this research.

We give thanks to God for protection and ability to do work.

Our special and heartily thanks to our professor, Mr. Ronnie V. Viray, MAED, MARE who

encouraged and directed us. His challenges brought this work towards a completion. His

sincerity and motivation have deeply inspired us.

We are also deeply thankful to our respondents. Their names cannot be disclosed, but I want to

acknowledge and appreciate their help and transparency during my research. Their information

has helped me complete this research paper.

We also thank our family who encouraged me and prayed for me throughout the time of my

research.

We dedicate this to our Almighty God, who guide and never leave us in making this

research, to our parents for supporting throughout the research paper.

AUTHORS
I. CHAPTER 1

THE PROBLEM AND ITS BACKGROUND

i. INTRODUCTION

In our generation today, homosexuals have been widely accepted by the majority may it be a gay

or a lesbian. People have come to recognize the existence of the "third sex" and through time

they have also accepted same-sex relationships" in our society. But controversies and arguments

arise when homosexuals started proposing the idea of legalizing "same-sex marriage".

The issue on legalizing same-sex marriage has been going on for decades. It has received a lot of

objection and opposition since it contradicts the accustomed meaning of marriage as a "union

between a man and a woman".

The researchers pond this issue because it has always been an informal situation in the society. It

is a fact that homosexuals are common subject of discussion among genders and up until now,

they are not well accepted in their own living environment and are discriminated. It is very

interesting and controversial that led the researchers to study the said issue.

ii. BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY

Marriage has usually been a commitment between the male and female. But nowadays, various

countries around the world recognize the union between same sexes. In many cultures the issue

of same sex marriage has ignited a firestorm of controversy in the press and living rooms.
The Philippines is one of the most Catholic or church influenced country in the world. It has

always been advocated in keeping the laws of God. The critics of same sex unions have also

gone beyond debates and discourse for the past. Many Filipino homosexuals has been protesting

for their freedom rights to consider the union between same sex relationships. Until now, the

government has no grant given for this plea. According to the family code of the Philippines or

executive order 209, Marriage is a special contract of permanent union between a man and a

woman entered into in accordance with law for the establishment of conjugal and family life."

Not meeting this requirement will make the marriage invalid.

The expectations for the study are to lead to more open-minded students and for them to be more

knowledgeable to the situation.

iii. STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM

This study aims to determine the assessment on the Homosexual issue in the

Philippines.

1. What is the demographic profile of the respondents?

1.1 Age

1.2 Gender

1.3 Religion

1.4 Course

2. How respondent assessed the Homosexual issue in the Philippines in terms of

the following:
2.1 Morality

2.2 Acceptability

2.3 Faith and Relationship to God

OBJECTIVES OF THE STUDY

This study aims to assess the respondent in terms of Homosexuality in the

Philippines.

1. To know the demographic profile of the respondents.

2. To identify the perception of the students towards same sex marriage.

3. To know how does homosexual person as to their faith and relationship with

God.

SIGNIFICANCE OF THE STUDY

Constructing this research paper is helpful especially to the community because it assist

everyone to bring their effective strategies in handling situation that affect their

relationship to God. It also helps them to improve their selves towards Him and prove

that worshipping God is not only about gender but to be a good human being and

promote common good.

SCOPE AND LIMITATION


The researcher will use the random sampling method in selecting the interview-

questionnaire method to serve as the instrument for this study. This study is focused

mainly on the Implications of the increasing population of LGBT Community including

the factors affecting the sexuality of a person, if LGBT is accepted or being discriminated

in our generation.

DEFINITION OF TERMS

Church

A visible society of baptized Christians professingthe same faith under the authori

ty of the invisiblehead (Christ) and the authority of the visiblehead (the pope and the bish

ops in communionwith him).

Conjugal

Of or relating to the married state or to married persons and their relations.

Homosexual

In connection with human beings, homosexuality includes sexual thoughts, feelings,

fantasies and overt sexual acts involving a member of one's own sex. The term

"homosexual" is more specifically applied to a person who regularly practices overt

sexual acts with members of the same sex past adolescence into adulthood.

Marriage

Legally, it is a binding contract between the two parties that joins together their

possessions, income, and lives.


Relationship

Is an emotional or other connection between people.

CHAPTER II Methods of the Study

This chapter presents the research methodology, research design, research

instrument that use in the research

RESEARCH DESIGN

The method of research that will be used in this study is qualitative research and

quantitative research. Qualitative researchers aim to gather information on how

respondents assess the legalization of same sex marriage, based on their age, course,

religion, sexual preferences and gender.

INSTRUMENT USED

To conduct the study, the researcher first made the draft of the questionnaire

contain the questions that would probably give vital information for this research.

Questionnaires composed of personal information and questions that would define the

answers.

DATA GATHERING PROCEDURE

After gathering all the completed questionnaires from the respondents, total

responses for each item were obtained and tabulated. The researcher collects the answered
questionnaire. After collecting the entire questionnaire all gathered information will analyze and

interpret.

CHAPTER III

REVIEW of RELATED LITERATURE AND STUDIES

This chapter presents the literature and studies which are found relevant to the study. These

convey different point of views on the Homosexuality Issue.

Survey Result:

MORALITY Verbal Interpretation

AGREE The respondents agreed that


Is homosexuality against religious
same sex marriage is against their
beliefs?
religious beliefs.
AGREE The law of God indicates that
Is homosexuality against the law of majority of the respondents are
God? religious and their beliefs in the
teaching of the church are strong.

ACCEPTABILITY Verbal Interpretaion

Do you accept homosexuals? AGREE In our generation today,


homosexuals are welcomed and
accepted by our society already.
Do you consider that homosexual is NEUTRAL The respondents answered
completely immoral? neutral on the thought of
Homosexuality being immoral.
They still could not decide
whether being a same sex
relationship is right or wrong.
How important is church for you? The church is very important for this is the holy
temple of God where people gather together to
praise and glorify Him.
How strong the faith of a homosexual to God? We cannot measure how strong our faith is as long
as we are doing the right thing and it is not the
gender that defines goodness it is our pure heart
and clean mind.
Discussion on the Survey:

1. The demographic profile of the respondents

Majority of the respondents in this study are female with an age of 18-22 years

old. It is safe to say that the assessment on homosexuality are mostly dominated in the

point of view of females but still, this will not overlook the data gathered regarding the

perception of the male respondents in the study. And also nearly everyone of the

respondents religion is Roman Catholic

2. Morality

Most of the respondents of this study believe that same sex marriage is against their

religious beliefs and it is against the law of God. It is very much understandable since

Philippines is a very religious country with 80% of its population belonging to the Roman

Catholic Church thus religion holding a central place in the life of most Filipinos.

3. Acceptability

Majority of the respondents agrees that homosexuals are acceptable for them. But

most of the student respondents cannot decide whether same sex relationship is immoral

or not, and are neutral in supporting the homosexuals lifestyle and same sex marriage.

4. Relationship to God

Majority of the Respondents says that having Strong relationship to God is not about the
gender. And it is not hindrance to worship him.

Conclusion

Rather than focusing on the sinfulness that the church sees in homosexual acts, we believe that

the church and the faithful should accept and love, without prejudice or discrimination, all of our

brothers and sisters everywhere, in all times and places, no matter what their sexual; orientation

maybe. This is the true message of Christ: That we love one another. The fundamental rights of

homosexual persons must be defended and all must strive to eliminate injustice, oppression or

violence. Homosexual have the right to be welcome into the community, to hear the word of God

and to receive pastoral care.


Bibliography:

https://www.worldvision.org/christian-faith-news-stories/what-does-the-bible-say-about-the-poor

https://www.redeemer.com/redeemer-

report/article/the_bible_and_same_sex_relationships_a_review_article

https://www.crcna.org/welcome/beliefs/position-statements/homosexuality