A court in Moscow has upheld a ban on same-sex marriage after a lesbian couple were refused a marriage application in St Petersburg.

In June, Yana Peterova and Elena Davydova applied for a marriage application in a registry office in St Petersburg but the application was dismissed.

The couple sought to appeal the decision at Lyublinsky District Court but the court upheld the registry office decision stating that marriage is “an alliance between a man and a woman.”

They are not the first couple to try and appeal Russia’s ban on equal marriage, gay rights campaigners, Dmitry Chunosov and Yaroslav Yevtushenko filed a similar complaint but the appeal was thrown out of court.

Russia has passed anti-gay legislation banning gay propaganda and Moscow has banned gay pride events from taking place in the city for the next 100 years.