Thailand introduces civil partnership bill for same-sex couples

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The landmark move would make Thailand only the second country in Asia – after Taiwan – to recognize same-sex relationships on the state level. The justice minister is set to present the final draft of the bill to the Cabinet for approval after a subcommittee is done with creating it, a source at the ministry’s Rights and Liberties Protection Department said. The bill is set to be views (and possibly passed) before the general election in the country, which means that Thai same-sex couples could be able to enter civil partnerships in February 2019. Prapairat said he would register under the proposed law, adding: “It is a must-have that should have been in place years ago as it would be very helpful in protecting the rights of same-sex couples”. He understands that same-sex couples don’t differ from opposite-sex couples in their right to be loved and protected.

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