Same sex marriage, surrogate birth proposed in new law

Same sex marriage and surrogate births have been proposed to be added to the marriage law by the Ministry of Justice, in a conference held on April 16.

The highlight of the conference was same sex marriage. Duong Dang Hue, head of the Department of Economic-Civil Legislation under the Ministry of Justice, said the amended law will allow for homosexual marriages to take place. There will be regulations on rights and duties of people involved in same sex marriage, the same way they are in opposite sex marriage.

Nguyen Viet Tien, Deputy Minister of Health, was open in his talk on the issue of same sex marriage. He believes that homosexual people, like everyone else, have the right to live, dress, love and to be loved. Same sex marriage therefore should be included in the new amendment to the Law on Marriage and Family.

Participants at the conference all agreed on a ban on surrogate births for commercial purposes but supported humanitarian purpose. They proposed strict regulations on this issue.

Speaking at the conference, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc stressed on marriage and family being an important part of society. Amendments in the law should ensure rights for mothers, children and also allow gender equality.

Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee proposed marriageable age to be lowered to 18 years from the present 20 years for male and 18 years for females.

Conference participants also said that the law should not recognize marriage between two people without legal registration and should regulate the rights and duties for children and property of two people involved in a divorce.

By Anh Thu - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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