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Vietnam’s Communist government considers legalizing same-sex marriage

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Vietnam’s Communist government is considering whether to legalize same-sex marriage, positioning the country to be the first in Asia to support marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples.

The Justice Ministry is debating whether to include rights for same-sex couples in an overhaul of it’s marriage laws, which would likely allow for rights related to inheritance, property and adoption, reported the Associated Press.

“I think, as far as human rights are concerned, it’s time for us to look at the reality,” said Justice Minister Ha Hung Cuong, in an online chat broadcast on national TV and radio last week.

“The number of homosexuals has mounted to hundreds of thousands. It’s not a small figure. They live together without registering marriage. They may own property. We, of course, have to handle these issues legally,” he said.

Even longtime gay-rights activists are stunned by the Justice Ministry’s proposal to include same-sex couples in its overhaul of the country’s marriage law. No one knows what form it will take or whether it will survive long enough to be debated before the National Assembly next year, but supporters say the fact that it’s even being considered is a victory in a region where simply being gay can result in jail sentences or whippings with a rattan cane.

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Vietnam seems an unlikely champion of gay-rights issues. It is routinely lambasted by the international community over its dismal human rights record, often locking up political dissidents who call for democracy or religious freedom. Up until just a few years ago, homosexuality was labeled as a “social evil” alongside drug addiction and prostitution.

Associated Press, via NPR

The same-sex marriage proposal still has several hurdles before it could become law.

The Justice Ministry will consider opinions from the public along with government agencies before submitting its draft proposal to the National Assembly next May on whether to recommend same-sex marriage or some other type of legal recognition with rights. Then, it must be approved by a majority of parliament.

Vietnam will also hold its first ever public gay pride parade Aug. 5 in Hanoi.

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  1. Seriously..?

    Posted on Sunday, July 29, 2012 at 2:51pm
  2. probly.. -_-

    Posted on Sunday, July 29, 2012 at 2:52pm
  3. I only like this because I am a US Army Vietnam Veteran (15 Feb 67 – 13 Feb 68). But, I NEVER want to go back there.

    Posted on Sunday, July 29, 2012 at 2:52pm
  4. Watch…now we’re all gonna be called communist by bigots.

    Posted on Sunday, July 29, 2012 at 2:52pm
  5. Wow, look how backwards the US is starting to look compared to other countries. EQUALITY is all we’re asking for.

    Posted on Sunday, July 29, 2012 at 2:53pm
  6. america falls even furthr behind…

    Posted on Sunday, July 29, 2012 at 2:53pm
  7. I have no words.

    Posted on Sunday, July 29, 2012 at 2:55pm
  8. we here in america need to press the issue of equality more

    Posted on Sunday, July 29, 2012 at 2:56pm
  9. Fun fact: The USSR was the first nation in history to recognize full LGBT rights.

    Posted on Sunday, July 29, 2012 at 2:57pm
  10. Even the communists are going to legalize it…CHECK MATE BIBLE THUMPERS!

    Posted on Sunday, July 29, 2012 at 2:58pm
  11. “The land of the free” has what? 6 states that allow full on same sex marriage. And a communist country will have the entire country. Go figure. God bless the USA, as long as you’re white, male, cisgender and heterosexual. Helps if you’re rich too.

    Posted on Sunday, July 29, 2012 at 2:59pm
  12. The pieces are beginning to fall into place for me to go bamboo.

    Posted on Sunday, July 29, 2012 at 3:07pm
  13. Great… If the Communists do it Republicans will never support it… OR will this make it more acceptable? “Hey, even Communists understand people are entitled to basic human rights!”

    Either way I’m glad they’re at least talking about it.

    Posted on Sunday, July 29, 2012 at 3:10pm
  14. So even the fucking COMMIES are more progressive than us?

    Posted on Sunday, July 29, 2012 at 3:11pm
  15. Wow. That is fantastic. Just shows how backwards we are here in the US.

    Posted on Sunday, July 29, 2012 at 3:17pm
  16. lovely just gets better

    Posted on Sunday, July 29, 2012 at 3:25pm
  17. do it friend

    Posted on Sunday, July 29, 2012 at 3:26pm
  18. I was not expecting that one.

    Posted on Sunday, July 29, 2012 at 3:31pm
  19. Go figure.

    Posted on Sunday, July 29, 2012 at 3:37pm
  20. Lmfao this is too much. These bible thumping idiots will twist anything for their benefit, I can’t wait to hear now that gay marriage leads to communism. Even places that control your every living aspect are accepting of same sex marriage, but America, land of the FREE wants to suppress and control that. Hey, gov’t, you’re doing it wrong!

    Posted on Sunday, July 29, 2012 at 3:47pm
  21. Thank you Joe-Allen Doty for your service. I am so sorry our country was so messed up at that time. I am gratful you made it home and pray nightly for you and all that have served.

    Posted on Sunday, July 29, 2012 at 3:47pm
  22. so gay people in a communist country will have more freedom than the USA. Shame on us.

    Posted on Sunday, July 29, 2012 at 4:09pm
  23. you folks in the US can thank the religious right in holding you back in the dark ages

    Posted on Sunday, July 29, 2012 at 4:13pm
  24. Come on USA try a little harder; We(Canada your sister country you call us) did it and the world didn’t fall apart – so can you! Lets go Gay USA lets go Gay USA! I believe you guys are voting soon? I am no analyst but I only see one good guy for this…

    Posted on Sunday, July 29, 2012 at 4:49pm
  25. Maybe I should move north then ha ha! LOL

    Posted on Sunday, July 29, 2012 at 5:13pm
  26. Awesome!!! I hope it happens!!!

    Posted on Sunday, July 29, 2012 at 5:48pm
  27. Just shows how hypocritical the US is, but what do you expect from a country run by a group whose diety impregnated someone else’s wife.

    Posted on Monday, July 30, 2012 at 7:58am
  28. Amazing if this is true!

    Posted on Monday, July 30, 2012 at 10:44am
  29. Really???

    Posted on Monday, July 30, 2012 at 12:26pm
  30. Posted on Monday, July 30, 2012 at 12:32pm
  31. you knowi am a little surprised that a communist country like “Nam’ would condiering equality marrage for homos.

    Posted on Monday, July 30, 2012 at 12:50pm
  32. LEGALIZE US!!

    Posted on Monday, July 30, 2012 at 5:14pm