2022-08-03 14:38:00

Zelensky tasks PM with considering legalization of same-sex marriages in Ukraine

Moscow, August 3, Interfax - Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has tasked Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal with considering the legalization of same-sex marriages in Ukraine in response to a respective petition signed by over 28,000 persons which was filed July 3.

Zelensky said in his response published on the website for online petitions that the Ukrainian Family Code defines a family as the primary and basic unit of society. "A family consists of persons living together, sharing a life, and having mutual rights and obligations. According to the Ukrainian Constitution, a marriage is based on voluntary consent of a woman and a man," he said.

The Ukrainian Constitution cannot be changed during martial law or a state of emergency, Zelensky said. "At the same time, the government has elaborated possible solutions to legalize a registered civil partnership in Ukraine in furtherance of the effort to endorse and observe human rights and freedoms," he said.

"Article 116 of the Ukrainian Constitution prescribes the government to ensure human and civil rights and freedoms. Therefore, I have asked the Ukrainian prime minister to consider the issue highlighted in the petition and to report the results," Zelensky said.