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Activists propose amendments to same-sex marriage bill in Thailand

Jack Burton

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Activists from Togetherness for Equality and Action are broadening their push for an amendment to the Civil and Commercial Code that would to allow people to legally marry, regardless of gender or sexual orientation.

Ekkawat Pimsawan, from the group, has submitted a proposal to amend the Code to Mukda Pongsombat, chairwoman of the House Standing Committee on children, youths, women, the elderly, the disabled and ethnic groups.

The proposal recognises that, already, many LGBTQ couples live together in what could be considered common law marriage but as there is no legal provision to recognise same-sex marriage in Thailand, their rights are not protected. The group is calling for a legal amendment to address the issues.

As the House committee’s mission is to protect people’s rights and ensure equality and justice, TEA has asked the panel to create a working group to study legal amendments.

The chairwoman of the House Standing Committee says the issue is new in Thai society and needs to be debated and discussed.

“The House committee respects all groups of people, she said, and is ready to look into laws relating to all groups, particularly those affecting equal rights, regardless of sexual orientation.”

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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