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HANOI, Vietnam -- More than 100 demonstrators rode bicycles and motorbikes through Vietnam's capital Sunday in the country's first-ever gay pride parade, spurred by an unexpected government proposal to recognize same-sex couples in law.The parade to raise awareness of Vietnam's gay and lesbian community and call for equal rights began in scorching heat at Hanoi's national stadium Sunday morning and ended about 10 kilometers (6 miles) away at a downtown park. Demonstrators trailed rainbow-colored streamers and shouted "Equal rights for gays and lesbians!" and "We support same-sex marriage!"It was a scene that was unimaginable a few years ago, when Vietnam still labeled homosexuality a "social evil" alongside drug addiction and prostitution. The country's gay community was once so underground that few groups or meeting places existed, and it was taboo to even talk about the issue.But Vietnam's state-controlled media now explores gay issues, and the Justice Ministry recently proposed including same-sex couples in its overhaul of the country's marriage law - positioning Vietnam to be the first country in Asia to allow same-sex couples to marry or legally register. The new law could provide rights such as owning property, inheriting and adopting children.