Monday, April 18, 2016

First gay wedding held in Ukraine

Ukraine has seen its first gay marriage despite the fact that such unions are not yet recognized by the state.

Tymur Levchuk and Zoryan Kis held a marriage ceremony in Kiev, deciding they wouldn’t wait for the government or their families to codify and accept their relationship. The couple decided to marry after being in a relationship for four years.

“It was a romantic evening”, said Kis. “I felt like we are alone in the world, so I proposed to Tymur, and he said yes”.

The official name for their wedding is a commitment ceremony. But someday their union will be recognized by Ukrainian society, Kis and Levchuk believe. 

Both are passionate activists who fight not only for equal rights for lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender people, but also against discrimination in Ukraine.

Read more about the situation of LGBT people in Ukraine here.

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