Members take Dutch Reformed Church to court

File: Under the new guidelines, diplomats regardless of sexual orientation will need to be married in order for their partners to receive visas.

File: Under the new guidelines, diplomats regardless of sexual orientation will need to be married in order for their partners to receive visas.

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JOHANNESBURG - Eleven members of the Dutch Reformed Church are taking the church to court. 

The applicants are unhappy about the church’s move to reverse its decision on same-sex unions.

The landmark decision was made in 2015 when the church gave its blessing to same-sex relationships. 

READ: Dutch Reformed Church to recognise gay marriage

But a year later it backtracked, saying these relationships do not meet Christian guidelines.

Same-sex marriage has been legal in South Africa since the Civil Union Act came into force in 2006.