War spurred Ukrainian efforts to legalize same-sex marriage

But war and death bring the problem to the surface.

Andrey Maimulakhin, who runs an LGBT rights center in Kyiv since his 13-year-old boyfriend joined the army in February, said he was worried about what would happen to the house they built together and to their three Messages: Archer, Astra and Vega. if his partner, 38-year-old Andrei Markiv, were killed.

Those concerns became all too real last month when Mr. Markiv, a construction worker who served as a cook in Ukraine’s National Guard, was badly injured in a Russian shelling.

“If something had happened to my boyfriend during the war, Maimulakhin: “I would not have been able to see him in the hospital. If he’s well enough to call me, they’ll let me in. But what if he’s in a coma? Nobody let me in.”

In 2014, Maimulakhin, aged 52, and Mr. Markov filed a complaint European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France, which is still pending, alleging that Ukraine discriminates against them on the basis of their sexual orientation, in violation of the European Convention on Human Rights. The court ruled that the nation no need to allow same-sex marriagebut they must make civil union available to same-sex couples.

Oleksa Lungu, 22, said one of the toughest decisions he’s ever had to make was whether to attend the funeral of Roman Tkachenko, 21, his former boyfriend, who died in action in May near Kharkiv.