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Thai Cabinet approves same-sex marriage draft bill

By Nop Meechukhun PATTAYA NEWS Tue, 07 June 2022

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BANGKOK – The Cabinet Committee today, June 7th, gave a green light to the same-sex marriage draft bill after being previously rejected and put in a setback in March.

Government deputy spokeswoman Ratchada Thanadirek said after the Cabinet meeting this afternoon that the Cabinet has approved the Life Partnership Registration Act (LPRA) B.E. … and the draft amendment of the Civil and Commercial Code related to the same-sex marriage issues after being reviewed by the Office of the Council of State.

The draft bill aims to support the cohabitation relationship commitment between same-sex couples, including foster care and other aspects of relationships, which are no different than heterosexual marriages.

In short, the draft of the Life Partnership Registration Act is granting same-sex couples to register as legal life partners, adopt children, manage and plan inheritance, conduct funeral rights, file for divorce, and claim alimony when separated. But they are prohibited from remarrying the same partner.

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After the Justice Ministry consulted and reviewed the draft bill with several members of LGBTQ groups, religious groups, ad academics, representatives of Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam do not object to pushing the bill to become law and understand that Thailand is a multicultural society,” the deputy spokeswoman added.

The bill will be passed to the parliament for further approval as law. However, Anutin Charnvirakul, Public Health Minister and Deputy Prime Minister, told the Associated Press as the leader of his political Thai Party that some of his MPs will vote against the draft bill in the parliament as they considered that the Act contradicts their religious principles.



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