ADDED ON: 12/22/2022

Ukraine passes bill banning LGBTQ+ hate speech in media

12/21/2022 | LGBTQ Nation

Ukrainian lawmakers recently passed a bill that would ban hate speech and incitement based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The media regulation bill was unanimously approved on December 15. “It’s a big step for Ukraine, to start adoption of our legislation to European values,” Olena Shevchenko, chair of Ukrainian LGBTQ and intersex rights group Insight, told The Washington Blade. “We hope our government will recognize LGBTQI people as equal as soon as possible.” In August, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky indicated his support for same-sex civil partnerships and potentially same-sex marriage. “All people are free and equal in their dignity and rights,” Zelensky said at the time. His comments came in response to an official petition to his office regarding the issue of legalized same-sex marriage. Zelensky noted that while Article 51 of the Ukrainian constitution states that, “marriage is based on the free consent of a woman and a man” and that the country’s constitution cannot be changed during the ongoing war with Russia, he directed Ukraine’s prime minister to look into the matter.

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