Vietnam’s Ministry of Justice is collecting opinions from agencies and organizations about the legalization of same-sex marriage as it prepares to update the nation’s marriage laws, the news service VnExpress reported this week.
The ministry, in letters to a series of advocacy groups and agencies, said it is considering the legalization of same-sex marriage because of the increasing number of LGBT families.
Currently the law, which was revised in 2000, prohibits same-sex marriage.
“To guarantee personal freedom, the marriage between same sex people needs to be recognized,” the letter from the ministry said.
But the ministry went on to state in the letter that the government must consider customs and traditions as it reforms the law.
An early weigh-in on the issue came from Information Connecting and Sharing, an LGBT advocacy group in Vietnam, which endorsed the legalization of same-sex marriage.
Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays in Vietnam also endorsed marriage equality.