Vietnam leads the way for gay rights in SE Asia

From the January the 1st 2015 the ban on gay marriage have been lifted in Vietnam. This makes Vietnam a pioneer in Southeast Asia, where many countries still haven’t legalized same sex marriages.

Bui Minh Hong, an official from the Ministry of Justice’s Department of Economic and Civil Legislation, said the regulation is under the amended Law on Marriage and Family which takes effect from January 1. As a result, the government no longer either ban same-sex marriage or harass them but will still not recognise such kind of marriage.

“Tthey can organise wedding parties and live together but their marriage is not legally recognised by a certificate of marriage,” Hong explained.

According to her, during the compiling of the amended law, lawmakers took into account a regulation deaing with dispute over assets and children of these couples; however, the final version submited to the National Assembly did not include such regulations.

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