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People take part in the annual gay parade in Kyiv, Ukraine on September 10.  19, 2021.
People take part in the annual gay parade in Kyiv, Ukraine on September 10. 19, 2021. (Efrem Lukatsky/AP)

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has paved the way for the legalization of same-sex civil partnerships in the country in response to a petition calling for legalization of same-sex marriage there.

Zelensky explained that while there is a war in the country, it will be impossible to legalize same-sex marriages, because it would be a violation of the constitution.

“The Family Code of Ukraine determines that the family is the primary and basic unit of society. The family consists of persons who live together, are connected by a common life, have mutual rights and obligations. According to the Constitution of Ukraine, marriage is based on the free consent of a woman and a man (Article 51),” he said on the website of the presidency.

“The Constitution of Ukraine cannot be changed during martial law or a state of emergency (Article 157 of the Constitution of Ukraine).”

Despite the obstacles, Zelenskiy said he would work with his ministers to “ensure the rights and freedoms” of all Ukrainians.

“At the same time, the Government has worked out decisions regarding the legalization of a registered civil partnership in Ukraine as part of the work to establish and ensure human rights and freedoms,” he said.

“In the modern world, the level of democratic society is measured, among other things, by state policy aimed at ensuring equal rights for all citizens. Every citizen is an integral part of civil society, he has all the rights and freedoms enshrined in the Constitution of Ukraine,” Zelensky said.

All people are free and equal in dignity and rights,” he continued.

Zelensky also thanked the more than 28,000 people who signed the petition for their “active citizenship.”

According to Ukrainian law, the president must consider petitions with more than 25,000 signatures.