UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI)— The Philippine Supreme Court considers gay marriage for the first time.

The nation’s highest court heard a petition Tuesday, June 19 seeking to legalize gay marriage in the predominantly Catholic nation.

Two same-sex couples filed the petition back in 2015 after being denied a marriage license.

Co-plaintiff and lawyer Jesus Falcis told the justices, “When the right to marry, a decision so personal, so intimate and so life-changing, is denied to LGBT people, the state is not valuing their dignity,”

Falcis adds the constitution does not categorically mention that marriage must only be between a man and a woman.

The fight for LGBT rights in the Philippines has significantly progressed in recent years despite the Catholic Church’s opposition.

Last year, senators passed the LGBT anti-discrimination law for the first time.

President Rodrigo Duterte has also shown support for protecting gay rights and legalizing gay marriage.