The country is chastised for its record on a range of freedoms, but it may well become the first Asian country to legalize same-sex marriage.
Vietnam’s burgeoning gay rights movement got a major boost recently when the country’s Ministry of Health came out in support of legalizing same-sex marriage.
At a hearing to discuss marriage law reforms on April 16 in Hanoi, deputy minister of health Nguyen Viet Tien proposed that same-sex marriage be made legal immediately: “As human beings, homosexuals have the same rights as everyone else to live, eat, love, and be loved,” he said, according to local media.
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Two young Italian girls, both dressed as bride advocating for same-sex marriage at the 2010 Gay Pride in Rome