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1 Jun 2017

Thailand to Revive Gay Rights Bill

Petition with 60,000 signatures prompts justice ministry to take action on gay rights bill.

The Ministry of Justice has vowed to take action on enacting a stalled bill on gay rights after a petition of over 60,000 signatures was organised.

Pitikan Sithidej, director-general of the Rights and Liberties Protection Department at the Justice Ministry, said he received the petition to set the wheels in motion again on May 17 and will push for the bill to be approved, according to Bangkok Post.

The bill, which ensures same-sex marriage and equal rights for LGBTI people, was first introduced in late 2013 but stalled as activists believed it did not guarantee transgender rights and missed out elements such as parenting.

If the proposed bill is passed it will be the first legislation in favour of gay rights in the country and would also make the kingdom the first nation in Southeast Asia where gay couples are recognised in the eye of law.

The proposed law defines "civil partners" as "two persons of the same sex" who register their relationship under the civil partnership law.

Reader's Comments

1. 2017-06-02 00:13  
So what happens if two people of opposite sex want the same union?

2. 2017-06-03 03:21  
Why would they want it? They already have rights. Small steps.
3. 2017-06-03 05:46  
Rooting for Thailand to lead the way in gay rights legislation.
4. 2017-06-03 06:28  
Good News! After it becomes law then push to enact a bill to allow equal rights for all marriages/unions. I wish them the best in getting this done.
5. 2017-06-04 15:33  
Plenty of people of opposite sex would like a civil partnership but not a marriage.

Why continue labeling people?
6. 2017-06-05 12:51  
People who put an ass as a profile pic should not concern themselves with how other people choose to label themselves.
7. 2017-06-05 14:52  
6, and the same goes for those that don't use an ass pic. The issue comes when others prejudge.

Why the ass pic though edsmale?

a hoofed mammal of the horse family, which is typically smaller than a horse and has longer ears and a braying call.
synonyms: donkey
a foolish or stupid person.
"that ass of a young man"
synonyms: fool, nincompoop, clown, dolt, simpleton
Comment edited on 2017-06-05 14:53:46

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