A gay couple has married in Ukraine, despite that the country does not legally recognise their union.
Tymur Levchuk and Zoryan Kis are believed to be the first gay couple to have tied the knot in the country.
The couple said they did not want to wait for Ukraine to legalize same-sex marriage so decided to take their vows on 9 April in Kyiv.
Kis told the Kyiv Post: “We decided that we’d register our marriage in Ukraine when it becomes possible.”
The got engaged a year ago on the banks of Synevyr Lake. Officially the couple have entered into a commitment ceremony, reports the paper, but the couple consider their union to be a marriage. They are also hopeful that their marriage will be legally recognized in Ukraine. Kis and Levchuk are LGBT activists and say that their activism brought them together.
Despite small steps toward equality, public displays in favour of LGBT rights are often met with violent protests.The organisers of an LGBT festival in the Ukrainian city of Lviv were last month forced to call off the event as a far-right group surrounded the venue.
Chanting “kill, kill, kill”, the aggressive demonstrators surrounded the venue, and threw stones, meaning the event was called off.