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Ministry Health proposes same-sex approval

Vice Minister of Health, Mr. Nguyen Viet Tien, on behalf of his Ministry, has proposed to modify the Law on Marriage and Family, in which same-sex marriage is permitted because it is the right to live with the true self, the human rights.

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21st April 2013 05:31

Alessia Valenza | ILGA Asia

Tien represented the support to same-sex marriage in the presentation entitled "Civil rights, marriage and family of individuals in terms of health – shortcomings and proposed amendments and supplements," which was sent to the Ministry of Justice to serve the online meeting reviewing 13 years of the implementation of the Law on Marriage – Family 2000, scheduled on April 16.
"Meanwhile, in the angle of human rights, homosexuals also have right to live, eat, wear, love and be loved and pursue happiness. In the angle of citizenship, they have the right to work, study, have medial examination and treatment, register birth, death, marry…. and have rights and perform the obligations with the State and society," Mr. Tien emphasized in the presentation.

Besides, in terms of medicine, lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender (referred to as homosexuals) are not a kind of disease. From 1990, the World Health Organization has removed homosexuality out of the list of mental illness.

According to Tien, the Law on Marriage and Family has provisions prohibiting marriage "between persons of the same sex" is due to the same-sex marriage goes against traditional morality, contrary to nature, inconsistent with function of the family in maintaining race or because of the fear that if law allows same-sex marriage, it can cause many problems, such as adoption of homosexual couples.

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