A church that supports Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) parishioners lauded a Vietnamese government minister after he spoke positively about same-sex marriage in a recent online debate.
The Metropolitan Community Church of Quezon City (MCCQC) praised Ha Hung Cuong, Minister of Justice of Vietnam for his affirmative opinions on marriage equality. “We highly regard the minister for declaring that the government should create legal mechanisms to ensure same-sex couples enjoy their rights such as those pertaining to property ownership and rearing children,” said gay priest Rev. Ceejay Agbayani.
“This is good news – more and more high-ranking government officials are affirming marriage equality,” added Agbayani, who is also the founder of the Alliance for Marriage Equality Now (AMEN). MCCQC believes that Ha Hung Cuong’s openness to same-sex marriage signals that Asian nations, which many regard as conservative, are becoming more tolerant to LGBTs.
MCCQC challenged Pres. Noynoy Aquino to emulate Ha Hung Cuong’s stance. Rev. Agabayani urged Pres. Aquino to “come out for LGBT rights” and push for the enactment of laws that will safeguard the rights of LGBT people and will pave the way for marriage equality.
MCCQC is known for officiating same-sex holy unions and catering to LGBT religious parishioners. In 2011, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines called the same-sex unions solemnized by MCCQC-affiliate church in Baguio illegal and an insult to the Catholic Church.