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Thailand Makes History with Same-Sex Marriage Legalization

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Thailand has achieved a major milestone by becoming Southeast Asia’s first country to legalize same-sex marriage. The Senate overwhelmingly supported a bill for marriage equality, marking a significant moment in the country’s legal history.

With 130 out of 152 senators in favor, the bill now awaits approval from King Maha Vajiralongkorn and publication in the Royal Government Gazette. This process will finalize within 120 days, making same-sex marriage officially recognized.

Once enacted, Thailand will join Taiwan and Nepal as the only Asian countries where same-sex couples can legally marry. The bill ensures that all couples, regardless of gender, receive full legal, financial, and medical rights.

Key changes include replacing traditional terms like “men and women” and “husband and wife” with “individuals” and “marriage partners” in the Civil and Commercial Code. This adjustment reflects Thailand’s commitment to inclusivity and equality under the law.

Despite Thailand’s reputation for openness, achieving marriage equality has been a long-standing challenge due to conservative values and discrimination against the LGBTQ community. Overcoming these hurdles required extensive advocacy and legislative efforts.

LGBTQ activists, like Plaifah Kyoka Shodladd, expressed pride and gratitude following the Senate’s decision. “Today, love wins over prejudice,” Shodladd remarked, highlighting the historic significance of the moment.

Tunyawaj Kamolwongwat, an MP from the progressive Move Forward Party, praised the bill’s passage as “a victory for the people,” emphasizing the widespread support for equality and social progress in Thailand.

The legalization of same-sex marriage in Thailand not only represents a legal victory but also a cultural shift towards greater acceptance and inclusivity. It sets a precedent for other countries in the region and around the world, showing that love and equality can overcome barriers.

 

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