Ukraine is considering legalizing same-sex marriage amid war, and Nintendo Japan is going to grant LGBT employees the same rights as heterosexual employees.
Amid War, Ukraine Considers Same-Sex Marriage Legalization
A petition in Ukraine calling for the legalization of same-sex marriage will be considered by the president after gaining enough signatures.
President Volodymyr Zelensky now has 10 days to reply to the petition after receiving more than 28,000 signatures.
In Ukraine, homosexuality is not against the law, but same-sex unions and civil partnerships are not accepted.
Particular issues have arisen for LGBT individuals enlisting in the military since Russia's incursion.
For instance, same-sex partners in Ukraine are not permitted to retrieve the deceased's body or bury them.
According to the BBC, any petition in Ukraine with more than 25,000 signatories is automatically taken into consideration by the president. However, this does not ensure that the legislation will change, and it is unclear whether Mr. Zelensky would make a move to legalize same-sex unions.
Nintendo Japan To Offer LGBT Employees Benefits
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Even though Japanese law does not presently recognize gay marriages, Nintendo Japan will grant employees in same-sex domestic partnerships the same privileges it grants to those in heterosexual unions. The corporation made the announcement in a change to its corporate social responsibility principles that was noticed by Go Nintendo.
The policy has been in effect since March 2021, and the corporation has since started to recognize common-law marriages in the same way as formal marriages, according to a new section headed "Introduction of a Partnership System."
“At Nintendo, we want to create a work environment that supports and empowers each and every one of our unique employees,” the company told Engadget.