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Vietnam contemplates legalization of same-sex marriage

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Vietnam? Seriously?

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Even gay rights activists are stunned by the justice ministry’s new proposal to include same-sex couples in its overhaul of the country’s marriage law....

Vietnam seems an unlikely champion of gay rights issues. It is routinely lambasted by the international community over its dismal human rights record. Up until just a few years ago, homosexuality was labelled as a “social evil” alongside drug addiction and prostitution.

But over the past five years, that’s slowly started to change. Vietnam’s state-run media, unable to write about politically sensitive topics or openly criticise the one-party government, have embraced the chance to explore gay issues. They have run lengthy newspaper stories and television broadcasts, including one live special that won a top award.

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