Friday, 09 January 2015 00:24

Vietnam Removes The Equal Marriage Ban

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It's been several years that we expect to know what will be the first Asian country to legalize marriage equality and Vietnam has just made a big step, placing the country at the top of the list, removing the ban on same-sex marriage.

For the new year, the Marriage Act was revised to remove the ban on marriage for same-sex couples.

Without formally recognizing the equal marriage, the Vietnamese Government nevertheless opens the way most importantly, it removes the fines so far afflicted with same-sex marriages.

This law “indicates to everyone that Vietnam is opening up more and welcomes everyone,” Nguyen Anh Tuan, owner of Gay Hanoi Tours, said.

“Vietnam is changing very quickly. There are bigger gay communities and gay events.”

Indeed, Vietnam stalled hopes to boost tourism.

Last year, the government had allowed the organization of the first Gay Pride in the capital Hanoi.