Wednesday, November 22, 2023

Thailand’s Government approves a marriage equality bill

The Prime Minister of Thailand announced that his cabinet approved a bill to provide legal recognition to same-sex marriages.

The bill would adjust language in Thailand’s Civil and Commercial Code to be LGBTQ-inclusive. Words like “wives” and “husbands” would be changed to neutral terms like “persons” and “engaged couples.”

Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin has consistently expressed support for Thailand’s vibrant LGBTQ community. In his civilian life, Thavisin implemented several LGBTQ-friendly employee policies at his property company. 

Since coming into office, Thavisin has promised to consider bills for gender recognition and has supported a Thai campaign to host World Pride 2028. 

The bill already has widespread legislative support. The next step for the current proposal will be to gain approval from the legislature and the King of Thailand. If successful, Thailand will be the first country in Southeast Asia to recognize same-sex couples in this way.

It is time Thailand!!!

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