Southern Muslim leaders disapprove of LGBT partner bill

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11/23/2018

Muslim leaders in Thailand’s South have rejected the proposed Life Partnership Bill, which would allow LGBT couples to marry. The Nation reports that, if the bill becomes law, the religious leaders say they will not perform marriage rituals for LGBT couples. No religious leader is required to perform rituals under the proposed law. Islam does not allow people of the same sex to have sexual relations. Thailand’s neighbor Malaysia, for example, considers sodomy a crime. Malay Muslims are the majority in the Thai South. “Only in the South has our public forum on the Life Partnership Bill heard opposition,” Nareeluc Pairchaiyapoom, who heads the Rights and Liberties Protection Department’s International Human Rights Division, said yesterday.

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