ADDED ON: 01/16/2019

Civil partnerships bill sparks debate in Thailand

01/15/2019 | Washington Blade

Thailand could become the first country in Asia to endorse same-sex marriage after a bill that would allow same-sex unions was approved. The country’s Cabinet approved the civil partnership bill on Dec. 25, which has sparked debate among members of the LGBTI community. The move is seen as a milestone in efforts to improve legal rights for the estimated 6 million LGBTI people — an estimated 8 percent of the country’s total population — who live in Thailand. Officials with the prime minister’s office told the Bangkok Post newspaper that a Thai citizen who is at least 20-years-old would be able to register their civil partnership with their same-sex partner, share assets and estates and adopt children under the bill. The officials say the differences are with eligibility for state welfare programs and income tax deductions.


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