Rainbow Revolution: Thailand becomes third Asian nation to recognize marriage equality

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06/19/2024

In a momentous occasion for LGBTQ+ rights in Asia, the senate in Thailand senate has overwhelmingly approved same-sex marriage legislation. The vote, passing 130 to 4 with 18 abstentions, paves the way for Thailand to become only the third country in Asia after Taiwan and Nepal to legalise same-sex marriage. “Today is the day that Thai people will smile. It is a victory for the people,” declared Tunyawaj Kamolwongwat, a member of parliament with the progressive Move Forward Party, encapsulating the jubilant mood among LGBTQ+ advocates. The new legislation rewrites the country’s marriage laws, replacing references to “men,” “women,” “husbands,” and “wives” with gender-neutral terms. This ensures equal rights for same-sex couples, including the ability to adopt and inherit property.

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