Mr Yein Kai Yee and Mr Sutpreedee Chinithigun were married at the British Embassy on Monday 28 July, in the first same sex marriage in Vietnam since the UK’s Marriage Act changed. The changes to the Marriage Act allow same sex couples to be married by some British Diplomatic Missions around the world.
Speaking at the time that the first same sex marriages took place in the UK in March, British Prime Minister David Cameron said:
When people’s love is divided by law, it is the law that needs to change.
Speaking after Mr Yee and Mr Chinithigun’s marriage, Lesley Craig, British Chargé d’Affaires in Hanoi, said:
It is great to be able to celebrate the British Embassy’s first same sex marriage in Vietnam. Today’s ceremony is a celebration for the happy couple; a celebration of equality and rights for all; and a celebration of British values.
The UK believes that human rights are universal and that lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender people should be free to enjoy the rights and freedoms to which people of all nations are entitled. The UK works with Vietnam on equality and rights for all.