Ryan Turner - Published: 17:42, 18 June 2024| Updated: 17:42, 18 June 2024

Thailand legalizes gay marriage

Thailand is set to become the first nation in Southeast Asia to legalise same-sex marriage following the Senate’s approval of a marriage equality bill today. This monumental milestone was passed with an overwhelming majority, with 130 senators in favour and only four against.

The bill now awaits the king’s endorsement before it can become law. Once approved, the law will come into effect 120 days after its publication in the Royal Gazette. This makes Thailand the third Asian region to embrace marriage equality, following Taiwan in 2019 and Nepal in 2023.

Founder of the Love Foundation, an NGO advocating for LGBTQ+ rights in Thailand, Panyaphon Phiphatkhunarnon celebrated the Senate’s decision, commemorating the bill for granting LGBTQ+ couples the same legal rights as heterosexual couples, including inheritance, adoption, and healthcare decision-making.

 

“The potential impact of this bill is immense. It would not only change the lives of countless couples but also contribute to a more just and equitable society for all.”

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