In Ukraine, and even as the country continues to be under siege by Russia, lawmakers passed a bill that would ban hate speech and incitement based on sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI).
This is not the first pro-LGBTQIA move done by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. In August, he is said to have indicated his support for same-sex civil partnerships and potentially same-sex marriage. The country’s constitution (Article 51) actually states that “marriage is based on the free consent of a woman and a man”, but Zelensky claimed to have directed Ukraine’s prime minister to look into this matter closely.
“All people are free and equal in their dignity and rights,” Zelensky was quoted as saying at that time.
Already, Ukraine banned employment discrimination based on SOGI since 2015.