Thailand edges closer to legalising same-sex unions

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06/15/2022

Lawmakers in Thailand on Wednesday passed at first reading four different bills on same-sex unions, moving a step closer towards becoming the second territory in Asia to legalise same-gender marriages. Thailand has one of Asia’s most open and visible lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities, adding to its image of tolerance and attraction as a liberal holiday destination for foreign tourists. But activists say Thai laws and institutions have yet to reflect changing social attitudes and still discriminate against LGBT people and same-sex couples. The four drafts approved on Wednesday each seek to provide same-sex partners with almost the same legal rights as heterosexual couples.

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