Bangkok to Introduce Bill to Extend Most Marriage Benefits to Same-sex Couples

by Admin on October 16, 2013

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Members of Thailand’s Parliament are set to introduce a bill to extend most marriage benefits to same-sex couples reports The Wall Street Journal.  If the landmark civil-partnership bill is introduced, Thailand will be at the forefront of the gay-rights movement in most of the Asian-Pacific region.

The bill would extend such benefits as insurance, pension, tax reduction and inheritance to registered same-sex couples, without making any change to the existing law on marriage.

Thailand is of course a predominantly Buddhist country and is very traditional in matters of family and society. Although many Thai people have said they would welcome the changes, Thailand lawyers admit that they are not certain that the proposals would ever in fact see the light of day, given the conservative nature of Thailand.

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