Zelensky responds to petition calling for same-sex marriage to be legalised amid the Russian invasion
Last month we reported that a petition calling for same-sex marriage to be made legal in Ukraine had reached the required 28k names in order for it to be addressed by President Zelensky. Now he has responded and it’s kinda good news.
It’s fair to say that all eyes are on Ukraine right now with the war with Russia affecting all of us in some way or another. As they have applied to join the European Union, things like gay marriage become sticking points for the famously liberal bloc.
Whilst LGBTQ+ rights have been pretty poor in the past in Ukraine, the war has brought people together in the most unlikely of ways and it’s quite possible opinions have changed drastically. Add to the this the fact that same sex couples won’t have spousal rights if one of them is killed due to the invasion and the need for marriage equality becomes all the more urgent.
The original petition touched on this, stating: “At this time, every day can be the last.Let the people of the same sex get the opportunity to start a family and have an official document to prove it.”
Now President Zelensky has addressed the petition and whilst he has framed the war as a fight against Russian autocracy as opposed to western liberal values, there are some things that cannot possibly be changed at a time of war. He said: “In the modern world, the level of democracy in a society is measured, among other things, by the state policy aimed at ensuring equal rights for all citizens.”
Basically Zelensky has floated the idea that they can legalise civil partnerships but the Ukrainian constitution currently says that marriage is “based on the free consent of a woman and a man” and in times of war, the constitution cannot be changed. He certainly does seem open to the idea and as Ukraine changes beyond all recognition and they attempt to joint the EU, it seems that same-sex marriage is only a matter of time.