April 26, 2016
Ukrainian president Pyotr Poroshenko has reassured those who are concerned about the legalization of homosexual unions in the country.
"The head of the state said that homosexual marriages will not be legalized in Ukraine," press service of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church reports on the results of Poroshenko's meeting with officials of the Pan-Ukrainian Council of Churches and Religious Organizations.
At the meeting Metropolitan Onufry of Kiev and All Ukraine expressed his fears over the possible legalization of gay "marriages" in the country.
"It was noted that all members of the council share his concerns about the problem," the message reads.
On November 12, 2015, the Supreme Rada approved a draft law that introduced such terms as "sexual orientation" and "gender identification." Metropolitan Onufry earlier said that "such novelties can become the first step to promoting the homosexual lifestyle in Ukraine and attempts to legalize homosexual unions."