Vietnamese lesbian couple hold Valentine’s Day wedding on a plane

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A Vietnamese lesbian couple have celebrated Valentine’s Day – by celebrating their wedding onboard a plane.

Same-sex marriage is not legally recognised in Vietnam – but last month the government repealed a law which actively criminalised gay weddings.

Passengers on the Vietjet flight to from Ho Chi Minh City to Bangkok today were presumably surprised to find themselves in the midst of a wedding reception for couple Tang Ai Linh and Pham Thi Thanh Phuong.

The pair – who have been together for 13 years – approached the airline to ask about the possibility of a ceremonial wedding – but the airline went all out, even decking out the plane with flowers.

According to Thanhnien News, the couple exchanged rings on the flight, before sharing a kiss and cutting their wedding cake.

The move last month to repeal the same-sex marriage ban was seen by many as a move designed to promote Vietnam’s image as a tolerant and accepting country, and boost tourism especially from LGBT travelers. It is the first country in South East Asia to make such a move.

Singapore’s courts upheld its anti-gay laws in October, parts of Indonesia punish homosexuality with 100 lashes, and Brunei passed a law calling for gays to be stoned to death.