Thailand moves forward to equality inspired by Taiwanese example

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The Thai government has responded favourably to a petition calling on it to act on a stalled gay rights bill. The bill was introduced over 3 years ago but the country’s parliament did not take it into further action and it was frozen. But now 60 thousand of Thai people signed a petition demanding the bill to move forward. The director-general of the Rights and Liberties Protection Department, Pitikan Sithidej, at the Justice Ministry confirmed she received the petition and would do all he could to get it passed as soon as possible. Observers predict that Taiwanese progress in legalizing same-sex marriages is going to become a source of inspiration for the rest of Asian countries where LGBT rights are still limited. Forbes reported Thailand was highly likely to be the next country to pass marriage equality. Thailand did introduce a Gender Equality Act in 2015 to protect LGBTI from discrimination based on sexuality and gender. But many same-sex couples do not have the same rights as heterosexual couples.

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