THAILAND: Justice Ministry Agrees To Revive Marriage Bill Days After Ruling By Taiwan’s High Court

The Bangkok Post reports:

The Ministry of Justice has vowed to take action in favour of a petition demanding a stalled bill on gay rights be enacted. The Constitutional Court of Taiwan ruled in favour of same-sex marriage on May 24 and now calls to follow suit in Thailand may be gaining strength.

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 getting the bill approved at the earliest possible date.

The petition has been signed by nearly 60,000 people and was organised by the website Change.org. It backs same-sex marriage rights and other equal benefits for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people and couples. The proposed law has been in a state of limbo since it was introduced in 2013.

Even though Thailand is viewed by many as a paradise for gay people given its permissive culture and move to embrace transgenders, known here as katoey or “ladyboys”, as a de facto third gender, gay couples cannot legally receive a marriage certificate in Thailand.

  • clay

    Yeah!
    And now, if Nepal follows suit, it’ll be an East Asian, Southeast Asian, and South Asian nation– three different cultural regions opening their doors to equal legal recognition of our families. I don’t have much hope in Southwest and Central Asia.

    • Yixing’s Fluffer

      Maybe Jared and Ivanka will convince Netanyahu to go beyond recognizing out-of-country marriages. *snort*

      • Randolph Finder

        Unlikely. As best as I can tell at this point in Israel, a jew wanting to marry a muslim is basically in the same situation as two male jews. Go to another country and then get recognized.

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  • bambinoitaliano

    So long as they limit the christian cult activity in the country, it should not be an issue.

  • Crossing fingers!

  • Kevin Perez

    Heh heh, you said Bangkok, heh heh. /Beavis

  • Halou

    If we tell Trump that Taiwan has instead signed a death penalty law and is already hard at work rounding up and executing homosexuals, the American president might be bothered to pick up the phone and congratulate them.

  • vorpal 😼

    I had a great feeling that Taiwan would be the icebreaker we need to get marriage equality and LGBT rights to make inroads into Asian countries.

    If we can overcome the evangelical Christianity presence in SK, I can see it progressing to SK, Japan, and HK as well.

    China has already stated that it is something they are thinking about, but that the time wasn’t quite yet appropriate. A growing momentum might bring that time about.

  • JCF

    Come on, Thailand, you don’t want to lose out on that “destination wedding” moolah to Taiwan, do you? Marriage Equality Now!