The Pink ChoiceVietnam: More than half of the people surveyed nationally say they are opposed to the legalization of same-sex marriage even though the Vietnamese government recently lifted a ban on such unions.

The “Social Perspectives on Same-Sex Marriage” study, that polled 5,300 Vietnamese people, found that 52.9 percent of the participants do not want same-sex marriage to be legalized while 33.7 percent support it, reports

Another 8.6 percent said they are hesitant about the legalization and 4.8 percent showed no interest or simply did not express their opinions.

Vietnamese lawmakers have scrapped fines against same-sex marriage under a decree taking effect past November but the proposed Family and Marriage Bill has not yet officially recognized same sex marriage.

However, the survey also revealed that 46.7 percent of those polled do not support the idea of gay people living together as wives and husbands. Conversely, 41.2 percent back cohabitation.

The survey results indicated that 90 percent of the respondents have known about homosexuality, with 62 percent of the participants admitting to being aware of homosexuals living together like wives and husbands.

Thirty percent said they have friends or relatives in same-sex relations.

The research also listed several same-sex couples’ rights that should be protected by law, including adoption, common property ownership, and inheritance.

“The results are worth considering before the National Assembly debates the Marriage and Family Bill in May,” said Le Quang Binh, head of Institute for Studies of Society, Economy and Environment that carried out the research from May to August last year. The findings were released March 26.

“Lawmakers should take them into account to meet the real demand of gay, bisexual and transgender people, as well as to gradually move toward the principle of equality in the Vietnamese justice system,” said Binh.

Around 5,300 people polled were aged 18 to 69 from eight cities and provinces, which ISEE said was aimed at learning about people’s perspectives on same-sex marriage to find the differences among their opinions on the issue.

The institute said it will analyze the factors which it believes affect public viewpoints on gay marriage in order to provide more information for lawmakers ahead of their May debate.

Recently, the local LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) community has repeatedly campaigned for same-sex marriage to be legalized after the Vietnamese government initiated lifting a ban on such marriages past November.

For the moment, same-sex marriages are not legal according to Vietnam law.