Thai legislator was made to apologize for a gay kiss

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A senior Thai legislator has been forced to apologize after two gay men kissed at a press conference in parliament. The conference was held by the Future Forward party to highlight Thailand’s marriage laws, with LGBT coordinator Ekkawat Pimsawan ceremoniously submitting a proposal calling for extending the current marriage law in the country to include same-sex couples. V footage of the conference shows an MP standing next to the two men, James Panumas and Tattep Ruangprapaikitseree, and applauding as they embraced. As they locked lips for a few seconds, the scandal sparked. Senator Somchai Sawengkarn reportedly wrote on Facebook that he found the incident too shameful and beyond forgiveness, and urged parliament to probe the ethics of the MPs and the House committee concerned. MP Mukda Pongsombat, who chairs the committee, was forced to issue an extensive apology, claiming that such a display of public affection is not going to repeat again, saying that the only excuse for such a ‘lack of prudence’ was completely unexpected, and though she respects other people’s feelings, she did not excuse a ‘disrespect’ to the venue where it all happened.

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