Thailand Approves Historic Marriage Equality Bill

Written by Camilla Jessen

Jun.18 - 2024 11:15 AM CET

Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Thailand's Senate has approved a historic marriage equality law.

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On Tuesday, Thailand's Senate passed the final reading of a marriage equality law, setting the stage for the country to become the third territory in Asia, after Nepal and Taiwan, to recognize same-sex couples.

As reported by Reuters, the legislation received overwhelming support from nearly all upper house lawmakers and will soon be sent to the palace for royal approval.

Once published in the royal gazette, the law will come into force 120 days later.

A Monumental Step Forward

LGBTQ+ advocates hailed this development as a "monumental step forward," as it would make Thailand the first country in Southeast Asia to enact marriage equality legislation.

Known for its vibrant LGBTQ+ culture and tolerance, Thailand is already a popular destination for tourists.

"This would underscore Thailand's leadership in the region in promoting human rights and gender equality," stated the Civil Society Commission of marriage equality, activists, and LGBTI+ couples.

The bill's passage is the culmination of over a decade of effort from activists and politicians, following several previous drafts that failed to reach parliament.

Earlier in June, thousands of LGBTQ+ revelers and activists celebrated with a parade through the streets of Bangkok.

They were joined by Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin, who wore a rainbow shirt to honor Pride Month, showing strong governmental support for the LGBTQ+ community.