The fight for
same-sex marriage rights has reached the Ukraine, where a
local gay-rights group and human-rights organizations have
issued a public letter calling on the government to
legalize same-sex relationships. The Ukrainian News
Agency reports the letter demands the government
declare same-sex marriages legal among citizens of Ukraine
or between citizens of Ukraine and foreigners that
took place legally in another country as well as civil
partnerships that were legally registered abroad.
The groups also want the government to include
gays and lesbians in antidiscrimination laws. The
letter suggests that if full marriage is not
attainable, there should be civil partnerships and
legislation providing same-sex couples with the same
social and economic rights as married couples.
The letter came in response to a lobbying effort
by the Greek Orthodix Church for legislation that
would specifically bar same-sex couples from marrying.
The rights groups say they fear that if the church is
successful, it would lead to hate crimes against gays and lesbians.
The government has not responded to the letter.
(Sirius OutQ News)