Same-sex marriage should be legalized, Vietnam minister says


HANOI — Vietnam should legalize same-sex marriage immediately, the deputy minister of health was quoted as saying today by local media.

“As human beings, homosexuals have the same rights as everyone else to live, eat, love and be loved,” Nguyen Viet Tien told a government meeting discussing the upcoming review of the Marriage and Family Law, newspaper Thanh Nien said.

The National Assembly is scheduled to discuss allowing same-sex marriage when the law is reviewed in May.

Homosexual relations are not illegal in Vietnam, but discrimination persists amid strong conservative family values, and gay marriage is not allowed.

Debate over the rights of same-sex couples has gathered momentum in the country since July, when the Ministry of Justice announced that the legislature would debate the legalization of gay marriage.

Vietnam saw its first Gay Pride march in August, and a gay sitcom has gone viral on YouTube.

The government recently scrapped fines for same-sex couples who hold informal wedding ceremonies, after a public backlash against plans to double the fines.

Vietnam would be the first Asian country to legalize same-sex marriage.


JeanJacquesBurlamaqui 2 years ago

Same-sex marriage PURPOSELY separates a child from at least one biological parent. Non-biological parents lack the advantage of consanguineous insight leaving them all too often ill-prepared to protect the child from unforeseen hazards. Left unrecognized and unattended, vicious habits, and irregular passions, obfuscate the mind; and neglect, levity, and prejudices of the ill-equipped non-biological parents precipitate a child into the grossest of errors, rendering the child's conduct a burden to the happiness of both society and the life of the child.

Same-sex marriage proponents demand “Marriage Equality”, yet, in return, they offer less-than-equal protection of the child's happiness than can be afforded by the presence of both biological parents.

Same-sex proponents profess that it is love which gives the right to join the institution of marriage, yet, in doing so, they selfishly violate the principle loving objective of this noble institution; to protect a child's Natural Right to be raised by both biological parents.

Same-sex marriage is not justice in the eyes of a child. Same-sex marriage is an abuse of power, a tyrannical subversion of the fundamental principles of marriage and the duties which it enjoins; contrary to the nature and state of man, same-sex marriage is merely the unwarranted whims of an ignorant and selfish generation whose conduct is nothing less that an embarrassment to the dignity of mankind.


Gary47290 1 year, 12 months ago

JeanJacquesBurlamaqui :

Your posting is complete nonsense. Having children is not required to get married, and marriage is not required before children.


MC3 2 years ago

How many children are being "raised" by their biological parents who don't care for them? How many children are being raised by one non-biological parent due to heterosexual remarriage (if both biological parents were even married in the first place)? How about children who have an estranged parent or who are lovingly adopted by same-sex or opposite sex couples?

Sometimes children are raised by grandparents, siblings, aunts, and uncles. If a child is receiving love from (a) nurturing parental figure(s), how can that possibly wrong? Wouldn't your spiritual leader only wish for such a luxury?


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