The leader of the Church of the Nazarene in the Philippines has said he will no longer perform a same-sex marriage ceremony in his church, following a decision by a local church court to uphold a ban on same-gender marriage.
A decision by the Philippine state-run Barangay San Carlos (BBS) to overturn the ruling of the Supreme Court of the Philippines on June 1 was appealed to the High Court of Justice, where the case was scheduled to be heard on Friday.
The BBS appealed to a panel of three judges to uphold the ban, citing a ruling by a lower court that the BBS’s constitution prohibits the celebration of “marriage between two persons of the same sex.”
In the BSP’s petition to the court, the Bishops of the Biosanctified Bishops, a group of the world’s most important Protestant denominations, said the ban violates Article III, Section 1 of the Philippine Constitution which prohibits the “promotion of unnatural relations.”
The Bishops said that the ban is “in violation of the fundamental human dignity and the fundamental rights of the people.”
The Supreme Court upheld the ban on June 3, saying that the Church cannot prohibit marriage between people of the opposite sex because the “spiritual institution” of marriage “is one of God’s eternal covenant with the Almighty and the sole authority of the State.”
The ruling comes as gay rights activists in the U.S. are preparing for the first gay wedding in the United States.
President Donald Trump has been vocal about his support for same-day same-finance legislation in the past, saying in February that the United Nations must recognize the right of gays and lesbians to marry.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which has its own laws on same sex marriage, has said it will no long perform same-date marriages, as the practice is contrary to church teachings.
The Supreme Council of the Churches of the United Methodist Church has said that marriage between two men or two women is valid and that gay people cannot be ordained.
The Catholic Church, the largest Protestant denomination in the world, has not yet taken a stance on same marriage, though the church’s current official position is that “the practice of same-age marriage is contrary and contrary to the teachings of Christ.”