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Vietnam May be Next Country to Legalize Gay Marriage

July 30th, 2012 Joseph Pedro

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Dinh Thi Hong Loan grasps her girlfriend’s hand, and the two gaze into each other’s love-struck eyes. Smiling, they talk about their upcoming wedding — how they’ll exchange rings and toast the beginning of their lives together. “No one knows what form it will take or whether it will survive long enough to be debated before the National Assembly next year, but supporters say the fact that it’s even being considered is a victory in a region where simply being gay can result in jail sentences or whippings with a rattan cane,” the AP reports. The move shows a changing Vietnam. In the past five years, state-media, which is unable to talk about politically sensitive issues, has featured editorial and television programs on the gay community.

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