Volodymyr Zelensky Responds to Legalizing Same-Sex Marriages in Ukraine

by Emell Adolphus

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Wednesday August 3, 2022

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky  (Source:Associated Press)

Even in the grips of war, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky's first priority is enhancing the lives of his people.

As reported by CNN, Zelensky responded to a petition for same-sex marriage legalization in Ukraine with an explanation of wartime government.

In a written reply online, Zelensky explained that no laws can be changed during war or a state of emergency, and legalizing same-sex marriages would require a change to the country's constitution. But he vowed that the government would take up the issue as part of "establishing and ensuring human rights and freedoms."

"In the modern world, the level of democratic society is measured, among other things, through state policy aimed at ensuring equal rights for all citizens. Every citizen is an inseparable part of civil society, he is entitled to all the rights and freedoms enshrined in the Constitution of Ukraine," Zelensky said. "All people are free and equal in their dignity and rights."

The war reportedly accelerated calls to introduce same-sex marriage in the country because of LGBTQ+ soldiers serving in the military and their partners needing more legal protections that married couples enjoy.

More than 28,000 people singed the petition and Zelensky thanked them for their "active civic position." Per Ukrainian law, the President must review petitions that get more than 25,000 signatures, such as another petition calling for replacing a statue of Catherine the Great with a gay porn star.

After the fall of the Soviet Union, Ukraine legalized homosexuality, but many anti-LGBTQ attitudes and laws are still in place in the country.