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First gay UK couple marries in Vietnam

First gay UK couple marries in Vietnam

A British couple has become the first to marry in Vietnam.

Yein Kai Yee and Sutpreedee Chinithigun, both British citizens, had their wedding held by the British Embassy in Hanoi on 29 July.

The couple’s relatives and the embassy staff attended the historic wedding. It was the first in the country since England and Wales’ marriage law came into effect in March.

Lesley Craig, the embassy’s Charge d’affaires, said the wedding was a ‘wonderful opportunity’ that marked not only an important milestone for the couple but also the development of gender equality and human rights in the UK.

The Foreign Office has allowed British couples to marry in countries that do not have same-sex marriage, including Russia.

The full list is Australia, Azerbaijan, Bolivia, Cambodia, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Japan, Kosovo, Latvia, Mongolia, Montenegro, Nicaragua, Peru, Philippines, Russia, San Marino, Serbia and Vietnam.

Other countries, like Hong Kong, have been allowed to refuse permission to allow same-sex marriages in British consulates.

In 2012, Vietnam’s Justice Ministry suggested including same-sex couples in its overhaul of the Marriage and Family Law.

But when the law was finally passed last month, it removed an article that gave cohabiting same-sex couples legal rights.