The British Embassy in Hanoi has recently organized a gay wedding for two British citizens after the United Kingdom approved the same-sex marriage law in 2013.
Yein Kai Yee and Sutpreedee Chinithigun had their simple but meaningful same-sex wedding aty the British Embassy at 9:30 am on Monday morning.
The event – which was attended by the couple’s relatives and the embassy staff and Charge d’affaires – was the first same-sex wedding to have been organized by the British Embassy in Vietnam since the passage of the British same-sex marriage law in July last year.
Lesley Craig, Charge d’affaires at the embassy, said that the same-sex wedding was a wonderful opportunity that marked not only the couple’s important milestone but also the development of the UK in terms of gender equality and human rights.
The new British marriage amendment allows same-sex couples to submit their marriage registration file at a number of UK diplomatic missions around the world.
The British Embassy in Hanoi is able to organize a marriage between a British citizen and a partner of the same or different nationality.
But it is not allowed to hold a same-sex wedding ceremony which involves a Vietnamese as the Southeast Asian country has not legalized same-sex marriage yet.
Last year, the legislation to allow same-sex marriage in England and Wales was passed by the Parliament of the United Kingdom in July and came into force on March 13, 2014. The UK’s first same-sex marriage took place on March 29, 2014.