The Orthodox Church of America (OCA) has filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the US Supreme Court’s marriage ruling legalizing same-gender marriage in the United States.
The US Supreme Courts ruling in favor of marriage equality was followed by the release of a series of videos on the history of the institution of the Orthodox Church, which the OCA argues violates the rights of LGBT people to religious freedom.
The lawsuit filed on Thursday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia claims that the Church of England’s Anglican Church of the United Kingdom (ACUK) and the Roman Catholic Church’s General Convention of the Anglican Communion (CC) violated the Constitution when they refused to recognize the marriage ruling.
It was not immediately clear how the lawsuit was being filed.
The OCA, a non-profit umbrella organization for the Orthodox and Catholic Churches, has argued that the US Constitution prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
It claims the Supreme Court ruling violates the religious liberty of LGBT Christians.
The suit seeks to prevent the two churches from interfering with religious freedom and to reverse the marriage decision.
It seeks unspecified damages and an injunction preventing the churches from enforcing the marriage law.
“We believe that the United State Constitution protects religious liberty by preventing religious entities from interfering in the practice of religion,” OCA president and CEO Thomas Reese said in a statement.
The Supreme Court has declined to hear the OCLC lawsuit.
The decision came after the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, which is the highest court in the nation, upheld the constitutionally protected right to same-age civil unions, meaning a marriage between two people of the same sex.