Vietnam takes gay-rights lead in SE Asia

International Gay Guide

Published: 8 Jan 2015 at 10.39

Vietnam taking the lead in gay rights in Southeast Asia by abolishing a ban on same-sex marriage has medical doctor Thuan Nguyen planning a wedding ceremony with his boyfriend of two years.

“I am ready to have a wedding,” he said. “Many, many young people in love are optimistic about the acceptance of gay weddings.”

A supporter waves a rainbow flag of the LGBT community as participants pass by during a gay pride parade on a street in Hanoi Aug 3. Vietnam has taken the lead in gay rights in Southeast Asia by abolishing a ban on same-sex marriage. (Reuters photo)

The revised law, while not officially recognizing same-sex marriage, places the communist country at the forefront of countries in Asia becoming more accepting of gay people. The National Assembly’s move is expected to attract more lesbian, gay…

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