The Philippine Senate has begun hearing proposals from various sectors to pass a law to legalize divorce in this predominantly Catholic country.
Two divorce bills pending in the Senate propose a six-month cooling-off period after couples file a petition for divorce as a final attempt at reconciliation between estranged spouses, reported ucanews.com. The agency reported some of the proposed grounds for divorce include physical violence, grossly abusive conduct, drug addiction, habitual alcoholism, chronic gambling, homosexuality, bigamy and infidelity.
Senate President Vicente Sotto said senators are unsure about divorce but may be willing to pass a bill allowing for the dissolution of a marriage. The Philippines is the only country besides Vatican City without a legal provision for divorce.