US Marriage Equality: Falling Behind … Vietnam?

As American politicians focus their energy on Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day, the Vietnamese government is strongly considering legalizing same-sex marriage, which would make it the first country in Asia to do so. Le Quang Binh sizes up the situation:

[F]or the time being, the government is not considering same-sex marriage but the legal consequences of same-sex couples…. It is good because the government is consulting different ministries, agencies and NGOs. [Le's think tank] the Institute for Studies of Society, Economy and Environment (iSEE) has been invited to present on LGBT communities and same-sex relationships to the drafting team. The [Ministry of Justice] is also interested in meeting and consulting LGBT community along the drafting process.

A less drab development: Vietnam is having its first pride parade this weekend, in Hanoi.