Romanian lawmakers will consider whether a proposed referendum on amending the constitution to ban gay marriage will be held next month.

According to the AP, two Social Democratic Party senators put forward a draft bill on Thursday. Almost 3 million people signed a petition calling for amending the constitution to define marriage as a heterosexual union.

Romania's constitution currently does not reference gender as it relates to marriage.

On Friday, Liviu Dragnea, chairman of the Social Democrats, Romania's largest political party, asked his colleagues to withdraw the bill, saying that the issue should not be mixed with the December 11 parliamentary elections.

The Romanian Orthodox Church has backed the proposed ban.

Supporters say the change is needed to head off a possible ruling favoring marriage equality from Romania's Constitutional Court, which is currently considering a petition from a male gay couple who want their Belgium marriage recognized in Romania.