President Volodymyr Zelensky has asked Ukraine’s government to look into whether same-sex marriages should be legalised. He also noted that marriage is defined in the country’s constitution as being between a man and a woman – something which would not be changed during the ongoing war with Russia.

Zelensky explained that this is due to Article 157 of the Constitution of Ukraine, which says: “In conditions of war or a state of emergency, the Constitution of Ukraine cannot be changed.” The response comes after a petition on the matter crossed the 25,000 signature threshold required for consideration from the president. “I asked Prime Minister (Denys) Shmyhal to address the issue raised in the electronic petition and to inform me of relevant decisions,” he stated in an official decree on 2 August.

Although homosexuality is not illegal in Ukraine, same-sex marriages and civil partnerships are not recognised. LGBTQ+ rights groups are calling on the government to introduce the latter in the meantime.