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A Filipino LGBT couple exchange 'Rite of Holy Union' vows during mass 'wedding rites' on June 28, 2015 in Manila, Philippines. (Photo by Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)
Filipino LGBT (Lesbian, Gay,Bisexual, Transgender) couples exchange 'Rite of Holy Union' vows during a mass 'wedding rites' on June 28, 2015 in Manila, Philippines. (Photo by Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)
A Filipino LGBT couple poses for a souvenir photo with a priest during a mass 'wedding rites' on June 28, 2015 in Manila, Philippines. (Photo by Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)
Filipino LGBT couples stand during a "Rite of Holy Union" ceremony in suburban Quezon city, Manila, Philippines on Sunday, June 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
Filipino religious leader Cresencio Agbayani performs rites with LGBT couples during a "Rite of Holy Union" ceremony in suburban Quezon city, Manila, Philippines on Sunday, June 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
U.S. national Michael Ellis, right, wipes sweat from his partner Filipino Jesus Bacsal during a mass 'wedding rites' on June 28, 2015 in Manila, Philippines. (Photo by Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)
A Filipina lesbian cries during a mass 'wedding rites' on June 28, 2015 in Manila, Philippines. (Photo by Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)
A Filipino LGBT couple exchange 'Rite of Holy Union' vows during mass 'wedding rites' on June 28, 2015 in Manila, Philippines. (Photo by Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)
Filipino LGBT (Lesbian, Gay,Bisexual, Transgender) couples exchange 'Rite of Holy Union' vows during a mass 'wedding rites' on June 28, 2015 in Manila, Philippines. A small Christian ecumenical group officiated the wedding of one gay and 14 lesbian couples in simple ceremony rites held in a basketball court in the middle class district of Quezon City. (Photo by Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)
Filipino religious leader Cresencio Agbayani, center, looks as LGBT couples march during a "Rite of Holy Union" ceremony in suburban Quezon city, Manila, Philippines on Sunday, June 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
American Michael Ellis, right, and Filipino Jesus Bascal exchange vows during a 'Rite of Holy Union' ceremony for the Lesbians Gays Bisexual and Transgenders (LGBT) community in Manila on June 28, 2015. (Photo by Noel Celis via AFP/Getty Images)
Filipino religious leader Cresencio Agbayani, left, leads LGBT (Lesbians Gays Bisexual and Transgenders) couples during a "Rite of Holy Union" ceremony in suburban Quezon city, Manila, Philippines on Sunday, June 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
A Filipina lesbian couple pose for a souvenir photo before a mass 'wedding rites' on June 28, 2015 in Manila, Philippines. (Photo by Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)
Filipino LGBT couples exchange 'Rite of Holy Union' vows during a mass 'wedding rites' on June 28, 2015 in Manila, Philippines. (Photo by Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)
LGBT couple American Michael Ellis, right, from Chicago, Illinois, and Filipino Jesus Bascal pose with their rings as they kiss during a "Rite of Holy Union" ceremony in suburban Quezon city, Manila, Philippines on Sunday, June 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
Filipino LGBT couples exchange 'Rite of Holy Union' vows during a mass 'wedding rites' on June 28, 2015 in Manila, Philippines. (Photo by Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)
Filipino LGBT couples hold placards and kiss their partners during a mass 'wedding rites' on June 28, 2015 in Manila, Philippines. (Photo by Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)
Allen Grace Bagares, right, and partner Karen Kaye Sarmiento exchange vows during a 'Rite of Holy Union' ceremony for the Lesbians Gays Bisexual and Transgenders (LGBT) community in Manila on June 28, 2015. (Photo by Noel Celis via AFP/Getty Images)
LGBT couples listen during a "Rite of Holy Union" ceremony in suburban Quezon city, Manila, Philippines on Sunday, June 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
American Michael Ellis, right, and Filipino Jesus Bascal hold hands during a 'Rite of Holy Union' ceremony for the Lesbians Gays Bisexual and Transgenders (LGBT) community in Manila on June 28, 2015. (Photo by Noel Celis via AFP/Getty Images)
A Filipino LGBT couple exchange 'Rite of Holy Union' vows during mass 'wedding rites' on June 28, 2015 in Manila, Philippines. (Photo by Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)
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A small Christian ecumenical group performed a "Rite of Holy Union" ceremony to about a dozen gay and lesbian couples in a basketball court in the middle class district of Quezon city, Manila, on Sunday.

Although such same-sex unions are not legally recognized under Philippine laws and are staunchly rejected by the dominant Roman Catholic church in the country, the annual ceremony carried on.

Organizers said the rites held a special relevance this year following the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage last week, and emboldens other countries to adopt a more tolerant stance on same-sex unions.

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