Ang Ladlad v Commission on Elections, Supreme Court of the Philippines, 2010

The Supreme Court of Philippines found that the Commission of Elections (“COMELEC”) had made an impermissible distinction on the basis of sexual orientation when it refused to register the organisation Ang Ladlad as a political party. The Supreme Court did not recognise homosexuals as a class requiring special protection. Instead it found that the classification imposed by COMELEC was irrational, in violation of the equal protection clause of the Constitution.