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'My Husband's Lover' bill seeks to punish same-sex adultery

(Updated 8:20 p.m.) The fictional love triangle involving Lally, Vincent and Eric may soon trigger policy debates in Congress after a bill was filed at the House of Representatives seeking to punish same-sex adultery.
Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman Jr. on Thursday filed what he called the "My Husband's Lover" bill, which got its title from a GMA primetime soap opera tackling the extra-marital affair of a man with another man.
The measure seeks to broaden the scope of  Article 333 of the Revised Penal Code which prescribes punishment for a spouse having sexual intercourse with a person of the opposite sex.
“What if a married woman engages in a sexual activity with another woman? Conversely, what if the married man engages in a sexual activity with another man? Under the present law, no crime is committed here,” Lagman said in a statement.

Article 333 of the Revised Penal Code states that adultery is "committed by any married woman who shall have sexual intercourse with a man not her husband and by the man who has carnal knowledge of her knowing her to be married, even if the marriage be subsequently declared void."

Under the law, the crime of adultery is punishable by imprisonment of up to four years.

The neophyte lawmaker, the son of reproductive health (RH) advocate and former Rep. Edcel Lagman, said his bill was not filed to discriminate members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

“I am supportive of gender equality and rights of the LGBT community but we must not limit its concept with the positive side of things. Just like in marriage, equality should be present “for better or for worse,"' Lagman said.

"Equality must be upheld both in the rewards as well as in the sanctions for violations handed by society through innovative laws. Every person must also be prepared to accept and carry the burden of equal liability and responsibility. That is the true essence of democracy,” he said.

The measure needs to undergo committee and plenary deliberations and voting before it can be passed by the House. —KG/BM, GMA News