Indicates that same-sex sexual activity is illegal. In Vietnam, currently only a marriage between a man and a woman is recognized. The doctrine includes the ministerial exception and therefore protects churches in their hiring and firing of those connected to the mission of the church. The day before, the measure had won final passage in the British Parliament after months of debate. The AP Stylebook recommends the usage of the phrase marriage for gays and lesbians or the term gay marriage in space-limited headlines. Right to liberty and security Article 6: Before the ruling, 36 states and the District of Columbia had legalized same-sex marriage.
Inseventy-two countries, including some that retain sodomy laws, had protections against employment discrimination [PDF] based on gender identity or sexual orientation.
Several Liberals retained their original stance, however, and thus the vote was not defined purely along party lines. Recorded same-sex unions around the world date back at least to 10, BCE. The Human Rights Campaignthe largest LGBT rights organization in the United States, states that "many same-sex couples want the right to legally marry because they are in love—many, in fact, have spent the last 10, 20 or 50 years with that person—and they want to honor their relationship in the greatest way our society has to offer, by making a public commitment to stand together in good times and bad, through all the joys and challenges family life brings.
On 27 Maythe National Assembly's Committee for Social Affairs removed the provision giving legal status and some rights to cohabiting same-sex couples from the Government's bill to amend the Law on Marriage and Family.