Thailand: Bill passed to recognize gay marriage in Thailand, becoming the first country in Southeast Asia

Thailand’s Upper House passed the marriage equality bill with 130 votes in favor and four against, with 18 abstentions out of 152 members. Thailand’s Senate passed the marriage equality bill on Tuesday. The bill will now go to King Maha Vajiralongkorn for formal approval, where it is more likely to be approved. The bill will become law 120 days after it is published in the Royal Gazette. If the law goes into effect, Thailand would be the third Asian country to allow same-sex marriage, after Taiwan and Nepal. At the same time, with the passing of the bill, Thailand has become the first country in Southeast Asia to recognize gay marriage. According to media reports, 130 votes were cast in favor of the bill in the Upper House, four against it, while 18 out of 152 members The bill was passed with one abstention. The bill renames men, women, husbands and wives as gender-neutral terms and defines marriage as a partnership between two people. At the same time, the rights of inheritance and adoption for LGBTQ couples will be equal to heterosexual marriage. Shodlad said – We are very proud of making history.
According to media reports, Plafah Kyoka Shodlad, a member of the parliamentary committee on gay marriage, said, we are very proud to have made history. After the bill was passed, some people were seen raising their fists and waving rainbow flags in support of the LGBTQ community.

Only 10 MLAs voted against the bill in the lower house.
Let us tell you that only 10 out of 415 sitting MLAs had voted against the bill when it was enacted by the Lower House in March, paving the way for its passage.