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President Volodymyr Zelensky, responding on Tuesday to a citizen petition that known as for the legalization of same-sex marriage in Ukraine, raised the prospect of “civil partnerships,” however mentioned the Structure’s definition of marriage because the union of 1 man and one lady couldn’t be modified throughout wartime.

Mr. Zelensky was responding after the petition garnered help from greater than 25,000 Ukrainians. Ukraine doesn’t acknowledge marriage rights for same-sex {couples}, nor does it have a statute permitting them to enter into civil unions. Calls to grant these {couples} equal rights have grown partially due to the sacrifices of L.G.B.T.Q. troopers serving to the nation combat Russia’s brutal invasion.

Underneath Ukrainian Ministry of Protection rules, the army should inform the dad and mom and partner or different shut relations of a soldier who’s killed. However these guidelines don’t apply to same-sex {couples} who’re unable to legally wed.

In Ukraine, same-sex {couples} shouldn’t have the automated proper to go to a hospitalized associate, to share property possession, to take care of a deceased associate’s youngsters, to say the physique of a associate killed in warfare or to gather loss of life advantages from the state.

The petition urging Mr. Zelensky to help marriage rights for same-sex {couples} was initiated by Anastasia Sovenko, 24, an English instructor from Zaporizhzhia, in southern Ukraine, who identifies as bisexual.

She had mentioned that after studying an article about heterosexual troopers dashing to marry their companions earlier than heading to warfare, she felt unhappy, indignant and annoyed that L.G.B.T.Q. troopers didn’t have that choice.

Mr. Zelensky, in his response, wrote that democratic societies are measured partially by the way in which they defend equal rights for all residents and that “each citizen is an indivisible part of civil society, for whom all rights and freedoms fixed in the Constitution of Ukraine extend.”

“All people are free and equal in their dignity and rights,” he wrote.

Mr. Zelensky famous, nevertheless, that the Structure of Ukraine states that “marriage is based on the free consent of a woman and a man,” and mentioned the doc couldn’t be modified throughout a state of martial legislation, which he declared in February, after Russia invaded.

On the identical time, Mr. Zelensky wrote, the federal government had “worked out options for a solution regarding the legalization in Ukraine of registered civil partnerships under the auspices of work on the confirmation and protection of human rights and freedoms.”

He added that he had requested Ukraine’s prime minister, Denys Shmyhal, to evaluation the difficulty raised by the petition and to report again along with his findings.

“The response is more positive than it could have been,” Inna Sovsun, an opposition lawmaker within the liberal Holos occasion, which favors L.G.B.T.Q. rights, wrote on Fb. “But at the same time — not clear enough.”

As a result of amendments to the Structure are actually inconceivable, she wrote, civil partnerships could be an “acceptable interim alternative.”

“However, where are the options that the President is talking about?” Ms. Sovsun wrote. “Why are they not presented for discussion and not submitted to Parliament?”

Ms. Sovenko, the petition’s creator, mentioned she was comfortable that Mr. Zelensky had talked about civil partnerships for same-sex {couples}.

“That’s the beginning,” she wrote in an e mail. She mentioned she was “full of hope” that, after the warfare, the federal government would give same-sex {couples} a chance to get married.

“I’m proud the response wasn’t all negative,” she mentioned, “and I’m really happy this happened.”

The drive for same-sex marriage faces vital resistance in a rustic the place the Japanese Orthodox faith and conventional sexual mores are deeply embedded within the social material. Opponents embody some conservative members of Mr. Zelensky’s personal occasion, who’ve known as for a legislation fining “homosexual propaganda.”

However homosexual rights advocates in Ukraine hope that Mr. Zelensky will ultimately help same-sex marriage rights, serving to the nation burnish its liberal credentials because it seeks to affix the European Union and draw nearer to the West.

Maham Javaid and Dan Bilefsky contributed reporting. David Kurkovskiy contributed a translation.