VietNamNet Bridge - National Assembly (NA) deputies have confirmed that the legal provisions relating to homosexuals, bisexuals and transgenders need to be discussed in the upcoming session.
For gay people, it is more difficult to overcome social prejudice than legal problems. The Institute for Legislative Studies in collaboration with the Institute of Economic, Social and Environmental Research (iSEE) recently held a workshop entitled “Homosexuals, bisexuals and transgenders (LGBT): The law and views of the community.” This is the first time NA deputies having a direct dialogue with the LGBT community. Change should be made from the Constitution
Mr. Dinh Xuan Thao, Director of the Institute for Legislative Studies, said the 1992 Constitution stipulates that all citizens are equal before the law, so that no one is allowed to discriminate, harm the rights and interests of those in the LGBT community. It is also stipulated in the Constitution that men and women are free to marry. However, the recognition of same-sex marriage or not is still in discussion in Vietnam. However, the provision invisibly rejects the "people who are not male or female" out of the scope of law. The Constitution of some countries uses the word “people" or "citizens" so it is more general than “men” and “woman” as in the Constitution of Vietnam. "Maybe in the near future the law still does not recognize gay marriage, but the Constitution is the original legislation so it should have provisions of sustainability. These rules are also the basis for the issuance of legal documents that are directly related to homosexuals, such as the Marriage and Family Law, the Civil Code and the Law on Gender Equality. In the coming time, we will suggest to put this issue for people’s comment to complete the draft amendment to the Constitution," said Thao. Ms. Le Thi Nga, Deputy Chair of the NA Judiciary Committee, said that this is the first time...