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During July of last year 2020 the Thai cabinet approved a draft civil partnership bill and an accompanying law amending parts of the Thai Civil Code —to recognize same-sex civil partnerships.

Currently the civil partnership bill is still in draft form and has yet to be vetted by the Thai Parliament before coming into law. I am looking for an update on behalf of a young couple.

 

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On 5/10/2021 at 4:12 PM, Andrew Reeve said:

During July of last year 2020 the Thai cabinet approved a draft civil partnership bill and an accompanying law amending parts of the Thai Civil Code —to recognize same-sex civil partnerships.

Currently the civil partnership bill is still in draft form and has yet to be vetted by the Thai Parliament before coming into law. I am looking for an update on behalf of a young couple.

According to the sponsors, in February it was returned for further review by the government, questioning its "necessity, religious sensitivity and sponsors actual intentions" as it has been opposed by some Muslim groups. 

 

 

It's also complicated by a separate Same-Sex Marriage Bill which takes things a lot further, whose supporters oppose the Civil Partnership Bill on the grounds it doesn't go far enough.

 

According to the Bill's sponsors it's unlikely any progress will be made before next year.

 

Hope that helps, even if it's not good news.

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On 5/10/2021 at 4:12 PM, Andrew Reeve said:

civil partnership bill and an accompanying law amending parts of the Thai Civil Code —to recognize same-sex civil partnerships.

Does that mean Thailand will recognise same sex marriage and the IO will allow marriage visas?

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1 hour ago, Santa said:

Does that mean Thailand will recognise same sex marriage and the IO will allow marriage visas?

Well as yet it is not law and by the sounds of it it will not be so for some time anyway so your question is unanswerable currently.

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9 hours ago, Santa said:

Does that mean Thailand will recognise same sex marriage and the IO will allow marriage visas?

That would be interesting.

Currently a female foreigner married to a Thai man doesn't need to provide any financial proof for an extension based on marriage. 
Would the same apply of a male same sex marriage.

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11 minutes ago, Faz said:

That would be interesting.

Currently a female foreigner married to a Thai man doesn't need to provide any financial proof for an extension based on marriage. 
Would the same apply of a male same sex marriage.

That is a can of worms, and the foreign female also gets citizenship rather easily. If that does happen then they need to redo all those those archaic roadblocks for us guys married to Thai women.

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This opens up all sorts of possibilities. What, I cannot think of at the moment.

Er, how about this one? A EU woman marries a Thai woman in Thailand, moves to Thailand and obtains a marriage visa, and then moves in with a EU man already in Thailand.

And then the EU man marries a Thai woman in Thailand for a marriage visa. A marriage visa in Thailand married to a Thai lasts a year without the need to leave the country.

Would that be advantageous?

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On 5/10/2021 at 6:58 PM, DPat said:

i wouldnt be surprised if that bill found its way to the bottom of the pile!!

It's surprising considering the diversity in Thailand.

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3 minutes ago, TobyAndrews said:

Er, how about this one? A EU woman marries a Thai woman in Thailand, moves to Thailand and obtains a marriage visa, and then moves in with a EU man already in Thailand.

Grounds for divorce.

3 minutes ago, TobyAndrews said:

And then the EU man marries a Thai woman in Thailand for a marriage visa. A marriage visa in Thailand married to a Thai lasts a year without the need to leave the country.

You mean a 1 year extension based on marriage (a permit, not a Visa).

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On 7/14/2021 at 8:30 AM, Santa said:

Does that mean Thailand will recognise same sex marriage and the IO will allow marriage visas?

That was included in the bill, so if / when it's passed, 'yes'.

 

A same sex marriage or civil partnership registered abroad would be recognised as a civil partnership in Thailand in the same way that marriages registered abroad are recognised in Thailand.

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On 7/14/2021 at 12:40 PM, Faz said:

Grounds for divorce.

You mean a 1 year extension based on marriage (a permit, not a Visa).

Except the EU woman married to a Thai woman does not divorce, but still has a one year permit.

The EU woman never marries the EU man. The EU man is already married to the Thai woman and has a one year permit . . .

If the Thai want to play sneaky so can the ferangs.

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