Thai Senate Passes Historic Same-Sex Marriage Bill


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Thailand’s Senate voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to approve a historic same-sex marriage bill, officially making Thailand the first nation in Southeast Asia to legalize same-sex unions.

The bill passed with a vote of 130 in favor, 4 against, and 18 abstentions from the upper house today, June 18th. After this, it will be transferred to the palace to receive the royal endorsement by His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn.

The new legislation, which amends the Civil and Commercial Code, will allow same-sex couples to register their marriages and have the same legal rights and protections as opposite-sex couples, such as inheritance, healthcare consent, and child adoption.

The law will come into force 120 days after it is published in the royal gazette.

The original version of this article appeared on our sister website, The Pattaya News, owned by our parent company TPN media.

Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for five years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.