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6 Nov 2018

Thailand ‘same-sex lifetime partnership’ bill moving forward

With a number of setbacks for the LGBT Community in Asia, it is good to see Thailand moving forward with preparations for possible legalisation for same-sex partnerships. 

The Bangkok Post today reported that Public Hearings regarding a civil partnership bill for same-sex couples will be held from Nov 12-16 in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Ayutthaya and Songkhla, with the possibility of a 70-section bill being concluded and presented to cabinet this month. 
The bill is likely to resemble that of the UK Civil Partnership but significantly, also provide important protections for LGBT Couples.
The apparent speed of progress is very positive and could produce the first formalised LGBT Partnership in Asia, with Taiwan holding referendums on same-sex marriage later this month. 
Whilst many would argue for full equal marriage, it was shown in the UK and other countries that a formalised Civil Partnership structure can provide an important first step and catalyst for further change, contrasted by possible delays by many years of the introduction of critical protections for same-sex couples.

The Bangkok Post today reported that Public Hearings regarding a civil partnership bill for same-sex couples will be held from Nov 12-16 in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Ayutthaya and Songkhla, with the possibility of a 70-section bill being concluded and presented to cabinet this month.

The bill is likely to resemble that of the UK Civil Partnership but significantly, also provide important protections for LGBT Couples.
The apparent speed of progress is very positive and could produce the first formalised LGBT Partnership in Asia, with Taiwan holding referendums on same-sex marriage later this month. 

Whilst many would argue for full equal marriage, it was shown in the UK and other countries that a formalised Civil Partnership structure can provide an important first step and catalyst for further change, contrasted by possible delays by many years of the introduction of critical protections for same-sex couples.

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Reader's Comments

1. 2018-11-07 05:32  
Hold out for equal marriage. They will give it if enough citizens demand it. Once civil partnership is on the books it could be all but impossible to get the powers to be to revisit this issue to change it to equal marriage for all. This is a bandaid fix for a preverbal broken arm; stay the course and demand full equal marriage for all.

Why should anyone take crumbs when they are deserving as anyone else in having a whole cookie?
2. 2018-11-09 04:46
The civil partnership bill that was introduced has solved some of the troubling issues for LGBT couples such as welfare benefits and the handling of inheritances. ......HOWEVER......
It has been reported that a minister from the Thai government was said to be boasting about giving gay couples only "90 percent" of the rights heterosexual couples are enjoying. Among the rights not allowed by LGBT couples is the right to adopt a child.
That is why this bill should be considered as not enough and the LGBT community should voice their objection to be limited on their rights for being in a same sex partnership.
This inequality in marriage rights is simply saying that LGBT people are not equal to everyone else and should be treated accordingly. And if it is true that a Thai government minister made comments such as this, then it certainly shows how biased some of the people involved in adopting this bill into law are. A real disgrace.

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