The Minnesota Family Council has introduced an amendment to ban gay marriage, which it claims will stop the world from ending.

The group made the announcement at a press conference, accompanied by religious leaders from all major faiths who said that gay marriage would trigger the end of the world.

“If everyone is a gay, this world will cease to exist in ten years,” said Ikram ul-Huq, the imam and religious director of the Muslim Community Center of Bloomington.

Andre Dukes, pastor of Shiloh Temple church in Minneapolis, said: “This is not a political issue, or an issue of choice or rights. It is an issue of life.”

Legislation introduced recently in Minnesota and currently passing through committees would permit gay marriage by making the marriage laws gender-neutral.

Commentators have said the amendment to ban gay marriage is unlikely to pass.