Thailand Considers Civil Union Bill; Would Be First Country in Asia

Hundreds of people have turned out for hearings on a civil unions bill in Bangkok before the Rights and Liberties Protection Department and the House committee on Legal Affairs, Justice, and Human Rights. The bill, if passed, would be the first of its kind across Asia.

ThailandThe Bangkok Post reports:

The House committee chaired by Pol Gen Viroon Phuensaen, a Pheu Thai Party-list MP, started drafting the bill a year ago after receiving a complaint from a gay male couple. The couple said they had been denied a marriage certificate.

Three more public hearings will take place at Chiang Mai University on Friday, Khon Kaen University on Feb 22 and Prince of Songkhla University on March 1, respectively. Opinions from the public will be gathered and used to amend the bill before being proposed to the cabinet for further consideration. If the cabinet rejects the bill, the supporters have pledged to collect 10,000 names of eligible voters or at least 20 members of the House of Representatives to forward to parliament for consideration.

The bill would give same-sex couples the same marriage rights as other couples, said Setthawut Rugsujitrat, a participant at the public hearing.

Supporters acknowledge that the bills chances are slim, but are hopeful that its consideration marks a new era for gay people in the region.


  1. Brian says

    They did this about ten years ago in Thailand, and it was a much more high profile effort involving the interior minister at the time. But it just sort of disappeared. While Thailand would be a natural place to take the lead on this issue in Asia, it seems like Nepal is the unlikely frontrunner.

  2. unokhan says

    true, brian. but nepal is an “unlikely” frontrunner only because it was unlikely that the nepalese revolutionary parties would prevail in their protracted armed struggle against the entrenched monarchy.

  3. George F says

    This is huge because let’s face it…the world is Asian and all of us in the other continents are somehow a “minority” who happen to live in it.

    Great news.

  4. SaraHomo says

    All gays citizens of the advanced countries are visiting Thailand to improve the concept live with the same sex in a sacred bond away from the ethnic affiliation or scratches public ethics, with that their countries has allow of their presence where as elements of freedoms,opened thoughts and human relations, there is in South American continent are not waiting for such restrictions until dissolved, as long as there are no obstacles a humanitarian inhibitor of that?Must be stay Thailand the incubator motherland for such class of society,, Long live Thailand a leading incubator gays and forward…

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