SEOUL, Dec. 6 (Yonhap) -- A South Korean appeals court said on Tuesday it has upheld a previous ruling that refused to legally recognize a gay couple's marriage.
Kim Jho Gwang-soo and Kim Sung-hwan, both male filmmakers, tied the knot in September 2013, but a district office declined to accept their marriage on the grounds that "same-sex marriage does not satisfy the definition of husband and wife in civic law."
The Seoul Western District Court ruled against the couple in May, saying same-sex marriage cannot be recognized as legitimate under the country's current legal system. The court said a separate legislative step is needed to recognize same-sex unions as marriage.
They appealed the case, but the court on Monday ruled there were no legal flaws in the previous ruling.
Kim Sung-hwan said he will bring the case to the country's top court.
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