On April 8, 2010, the Supreme Court of the Philippines ruled that the prominent gay rights organization Ang Ladlad was allowed to field candidates in national elections as an accredited political party. The decision invalidated an order issued in November 2009 by the country's Commission on Elections that rejected a bid for party recognition by Ang Ladlad. In denying the original petition, the Commission cited the group's "[tolerance of] immorality which offends religious beliefs." The court, however, determined that the policy violated Article III, Section 5 of the Philippine Constitution, which had previously been interpreted to mandate "government neutrality in religious matters."
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