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LGBTI rights in Asia – a year in review

in WORLD, 31/12/2013

It was an uphill battle in the struggle for LGBTI rights in Asia during 2013, with some small gains but also some major set backs.

2013 was a year in which LGBTI rights reforms were more warmly welcomed by many governments across the Asian region, but the Indian Supreme Court’s recriminalization of homosexuality cast a heavy shadow over the year.

2013 was also a year where new frontrunners emerged in the race to become the first Asian nation legalize same-sex marriage, with Vietnam and Taiwan emerging as strong contenders to become the first to allow same-sex couples to wed. 

Hundreds of people rallied in Hanoi in support of same-sex couples being able to marry in October and two of the Vietnamese Government’s ministries have announced their support for the reform. The Vietnamese Government ended its policy of fining people who hold same-sex weddings that same month and it has indicated that it will take a gradual path towards reform to warm the Vietnamese people to the idea.

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