Same-sex marriage in Vietnam
|Legal recognition of
|†Note: Not yet in effect|
Same-sex marriage is not legal in Vietnam, nor is any other form of same-sex union recognized. Previous laws against all forms of cohabitation were repealed under a new marriage law approved by the parliament in 2000.
In May 2012, a gay couple in Ha Tien held a traditional, public wedding at their home but were stopped by local authorities. The event was reported widely on Vietnamese media and started a heated debate on the issue.
One month later the Vietnamese Justice minister, Ha Hung Cuong, announced that the government was considering legalising same-sex marriage, stating that "in order to protect individual freedoms, same-sex marriage should be allowed.". The subject will be debated at the National Assembly congress in spring 2013. However, in February 2013, the Ministry of Justice requested that the National Assembly avoid action until 2014. If approved, Vietnam would become the first Asian and the first communist country to legalize same-sex marriage.
However, public opinion is mostly against same-sex marriage, as the Vietnamese public is generally socially conservative and traditionalist. A survey carried out on December 2012 showed that 37% of Vietnam's population support the legalization of same-sex marriage, while 58% are against it.
Article 64 of the Vietnamese constitution states that: "The family is the cell of society. The State protects marriage and the family. Marriage shall conform to the principles of free consent, progressive union, monogamy and equality between husband and wife. Parents have the responsibility to bring up their children into good citizens. Children and grandchildren have the duty to show respect to and look after their parents and grandparents. The State and society shall recognise no discrimination among children."
See also 
- Vietnam Revised Marriage Family Law
- Gay Couple Fined by Local Authorities, TuoiTre Online
- "Vote on same-sex marriage in Vietnam likely to be delayed until 2014 - See more at: http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/vote-same-sex-marriage-vietnam-likely-be-delayed-until-2014200213#sthash.Bv2OhqBm.dpuf".
- Survey undermines progress of same-sex marriage in Vietnam
- Constitution 1992 CHAPTER FIVE FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS AND DUTIES OF THE CITIZEN