Macedonia's religious leaders are urging the government to prevent same-sex weddings by changing the constitutional definition of marriage.
A joint statement says marriage should be defined "as a union between one man and one woman." Signatories included top officials from Macedonia's Christian Orthodox and Catholic churches, as well as the Muslim and Jewish communities.
Religious leaders were to discuss the issue later Thursday with Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov.
Homosexuality is legal in Macedonia but not same-sex marriages, and gays often face public humiliation, job discrimination and police harassment.
The European Union and rights groups criticized the country this year for failing to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation in a new rights law.