Lesbian couple Tang Ai Linh and her partner Pham Thi Thanh Phuong celebrated their wedding onboard a Vietjet flight today – Valentine’s Day – from Ho Chi Minh City to Bangkok, Thailand.
According to an advertorial on Thanh Nien News – the flagship publication of the Vietnam National Youth Federation, the couple, who has been together for 13 years, approached the airline about having their wedding onabord a flight after being inspired by the wedding of fashion designer Adrian Anh Tuan and businessman Son Doan last month.
Flanked by bridesmaids who are airline staff members, the couple said their vows, exchanged rings, and cut their wedding cake during the 90-minute flight amid the cheers of fellow passengers.
The airline also gifted the couple’s honeymoon to Thailand.
Although the communist Southeast Asian country does not recognize same-sex marriages, it had recently lifted its ban on same-sex marriage.
Proponents of same-sex marriage in the country say they see the move to be a step toward accepting same-sex marriage.
Although the Vietnamese government continues to crack down on political dissent, it has in recent years allowed gay rights organizations to be established and officially allows gay pride parades to be held in Hanoi.