Tag Archives: Asia

VIETNAM: Gay Wedding Ceremonies Legalized, But Not Same-Sex Marriage

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 …

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At Hong Kong Pride 2013

Gay Star News reports on Hong Kong’s fifth pride parade: Today’s Hong Kong Pride showed the LGBT community there are more visible than ever before. The head of Hong Kong’s Equal Opportunity Commission Dr York Chow addressed the crowd, as did member of the legislative council Cyd Ho. This year, the fifth Hong Kong Pride, saw more corporate sponsorship with …

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VIETNAM: Hundreds Rally For Marriage

Yesterday hundreds rallied in Vietnam’s capital city of Hanoi in support of next week’s legislative debate on same-sex marriage. The event was part of the “Toi Dong Y” festival, which translates as “I do,” or “I agree”, organized by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual (LGBT) groups across the country. One participant, 18-year-old Truong Duc Anh, said same-sex marriage is an …

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TAIWAN: Thousands March For Marriage

Tens of thousands marched in Taipei’s gay pride parade today in support of a marriage equality bill under consideration by the Taiwanese legislature. Via Reuters: Taiwan’s legislature on Friday began a review of a gay marriage bill, which has the support of 53 percent of the public, according to a recent opinion poll, though acceptance of a gay family member …

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Thailand To See Marriage Equality Bill

Thailand’s federal government says it is ready to put forth a bill to legalize same-sex marriage. But not in name. “We will put forward the same-sex civil-union bill in Parliament,” Naras Savestanan, director general of the Rights and Liberties Protection Department, announced yesterday with the chair of the House committee on justice and human rights, Viroon Phuensaen, by his side. …

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Vietnam Official Calls For Marriage

An interesting development: 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 …

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Vietnam Drops Gay Wedding Fines

Same-sex marriage remains banned in Vietnam, but the government this week announced that couples who hold ceremonies will no longer be fined. Under the draft decree that would have taken effect this July, homosexual couples that get married would have been fined VND200,000-1 million (US$9.55), twice the current fine introduced in 2000. Gay rights activists lambasted the proposal, dismissing it …

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Al Jazeera On LGBT Rights In Asia

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Cambodian PM Reverses On Anti-Gay Bias

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, who five years ago publicly disowned his daughter when she married a woman, has issued a denouncement of anti-gay discrimination. Gay rights is not a major issue in Cambodia, and Hun Sen seemed to have been inspired by discussions of the subject on International Human Rights Day on Monday, including on local television. Cambodian society, …

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