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Thailand has passed a law on same-sex marriage

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Thailand has passed a law on same-sex marriage

The lower house of the Thai parliament on Wednesday approved a law allowing same-sex marriage. If it is also accepted by the Senate and signed by the king, Thailand will become the first country in Southeast Asia to allow gay marriage.

The conclusion of the entire legislative process is expected by the end of this year, informs the AFP agency and the Internet portal BBC News.

399 deputies supported the law in the lower house of the parliament, only ten were against it.

“Today, society proved that it cares about LGBTQ+ rights,” Progress Party lawmaker Tunjawádz Kamolwongwát, who pushed for the law, told AFP.

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The bill changes the designations “men”, “women”, “husbands” and “wives” to more gender-neutral terms. At the same time, it guarantees LGBTQ+ couples the right to inheritance and adoption.

Thailand previously had a reputation as the country with the highest level of acceptance of the LGBTQ+ community in Asia. The law prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation is already in force.

However, the legalization of same-sex marriage has been a long-term process in the country, despite the fact that 96.6 percent of respondents supported it in polls at the end of last year.

In all of Asia, Thailand is only the third country to adopt a similar law. It is still valid in Taiwan and Nepal. India’s Supreme Court has postponed a decision on such legislation until October.

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