Fears of discrimination in Thailand despite looming same sex marriage bill

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04/07/2024

Bangkok, Thailand – Thanadech Jandee is thrilled that Thailand’s marriage equality bill, allowing same-sex couples to marry, is moving closer to becoming law. Thanadech, who was born biologically female and had gender reassignment surgery to identify as male last year, lives with his girlfriend and her son from a previous relationship. But along with many LGBTQ activists, Thanadech worries about the bill’s terminology. Activists say using “parents” and “mother and father” in legal terms will affirm those who identify as LGBTQ on equal terms with other couples. But efforts to get the wording into the bill have so far been unsuccessful.

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