A survey released last week shows that public support could be a obstacle to government interest in legalizing same sex marriage in Vietnam.
The survey by Vietnamese social research group and rights advocates Institute of Studies of Society, Economy and Environment (iSEE) showed that only 37% of those interviewed support same-sex marriage and 58% actively oppose it.
This could make it difficult for the government to pass same-sex marriage legislation. The government in the communist one-party state started consulting on gay marriage in July and are planning to discuss it at the national congress in the spring.
Le Quang Binh, director of iSEE told Gay Star News that public opposition to same-sex marriage could effect the government's decision to legalize it, but they will also consider how many people the law will effect.
Le told Viet Week that the reasons people gave for being against gay marriage 'reflect the dominant heterosexual philosophy behind sex, marriage and family'.