Legalization of same-sex marriage, prostitution requires 'further study'

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Further study is required before changes can be made to Vietnam's current laws on same-sex marriage and prostitution, Justice Minister Ha Hung Cuong said during an online dialogue on Tuesday.

Tuoi Tre quoted Cuong as saying that same-sex marriage needs to be studied in terms of its potential impact on the culture, legal system and customs of Vietnam. 

Any amendment to the nation's existing marriage laws would need to be based on "serious" fact- based projections, he said.

Cuong's comments came at a time when several studies are already underway.

Several government agencies are currently working on a project aimed to adjust the Law on Marriage and Family, he said, during a dialogue held on the government's website portal.

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"Whether same-sex marriage is recognized or not, in my opinion, we should not create social discrimination against homosexuals and their community," Cuong stressed.

The government should implement laws protecting homosexual couples' rights to over shared property and child custody, the minister said.

Cuong gave the same answer when asked about the possibility of legalizing prostitution in Vietnam, saying that "thorough studies of every side ethics, society, economy, laws and human rights" were required before any amendments to Vietnam's existing laws could be made.

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