As of yesterday, it’s no longer illegal to stage gay weddings or commitment ceremonies in Vietnam.
The south-eastern Asian country has officially allowed same-sex couples to organize weddings and have the right to live together. While the unions won’t be legally recognized, gay rights campaigners believe it is a large step on the path to equal marriage. The Government has taken this step after two fines were handed out to gay and lesbian couples who chose to have a marriage ceremony in the southern provinces of Kien Giang and Ca Mau.
Last week Vietnam’s National Assembly began hearings on removing the ban on same-sex marriage, the first step towards legalization.