Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Friday, September 2, 2022

LGBTQ+ Rights Possible in Ukraine

From Thomas Reuters:

LGBTQ+ campaigners say that several same-sex soldier couples have got engaged since Russia's invasion, with many hopeful that Ukraine will legalise gay marriage, or civil unions at least.

While Ukraine's LGBTQ+ community has few legal protections and faces entrenched discrimination in the mainly Orthodox Christian nation, a recent petition demanding the legalisation of same-sex marriage has buoyed hopes for greater equality.

Responding to the petition earlier this month, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said it would not be possible during wartime - as the constitution would have to be changed.

However, he said he had asked Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal to "address the (petition's) issue" and noted that the government had already been looking into civil partnerships as an option.

Activists believe the war has bolstered public support in Ukraine for LGBTQ+ people, many of whom have joined the armed forces and taken on volunteer roles to help in the conflict.

Russia's war has put Ukraine's LGBTQ+ community on high alert. Moscow has increasingly cracked down on gay, bisexual and transgender people since passing a "gay propaganda" law in 2013, and reports of hate crimes and abuse have risen since then.

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