Conservative Christian groups are working to block any changes to parts of the South Korean constitution that refer to marry.
They are saying the any changes the constitution are attemtps to legitimize homosexuality.
A 36-member special committee of lawmakers is travelling around South Korea to hear from people about how they would like to improve equal rights.
The recommendations from the committee’s report will be put to a referendum in June 2018.
But Christian groups have spoken out against the committee’s plans to change the constitutional clause defining marriage, according to a report in the Korea Times.
Currently the constitution says, ‘Marriage and family life should be established and maintained by equality of both sexes’.
The committee is looking to remove the term ‘both sexes’ or change it to gender-neutral language.
Based on public recommendations the revised version says ‘Every individual has the right, under the principle of equality and dignity, to marry and start a family’.
But the Christian group believes that will change the values of marriage. It also argued traditional families will be irrevocably destroyed.
‘The revision will guarantee equal rights protection for homosexual, bisexual and transgender people to start a family, which most Koreans are against,’ it told the Korea Times.
‘By the same logic, people will ask that polygamy be legalized.’
The group was also opposed to changing clauses which banned discrimination.
‘Our efforts to inform the public about the depravity of the morally corrupt acts of a few will be banned, which we cannot accept. Many countries ban homosexuality including Russia, countries in Africa and other parts of Asia as well as Middle Eastern countries,’ it said.
In a June Gallup poll it was revealed 58% of Koreans oppose gay marriage. But 56% said homosexuality was a type of love.
Almost 90% of people agreed that LGBTI should have the same job prospects. 81% of people said LGBTI people should not lose their jobs because of their sexuality or gender identity.
Beyond the rainbow
Their actions come just weeks after a pro-LGBTI South Korean Supreme Court ruling.
In early August the Supreme Court ruled that LGBTI organization, Beyond the Rainbow Foundation, should be granted charity status. The ruling came after three years of the organization fighting to be recognized.
At the time Human Rights Watch said it was a major win for fundamental rights.
‘The South Korean Supreme Court has affirmed the Beyond the Rainbow Foundation’s right to register with the Ministry of Justice,’ said Graeme Reid, HRW’s director of the LGBT rights program.
‘This judgment is a victory for the fundamental rights of all South Koreans – and a boost to the LGBT community’s ability to organize and advocate.’