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Thailand civil unions bill gets public hearing

Timothy Kincaid

February 8th, 2013

From Bangkok Post

More than 200 people turned out yesterday to show their support for a so-called civil partnership bill that would allow same-sex couples equal marriage rights.

The supporters attended the bill’s first public hearing at Chandrakasem Rajabhat University in Bangkok.

It was jointly held by the Rights and Liberties Protection Department and the House committee on Legal Affairs, Justice, and Human Rights.

If the bill passes, I believe that Thailand will be the first nation in Asia to recognize the relationships of same-sex couples.



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I think Taiwan is pretty close via the courts.

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It will be the third.

Cambodia’s first (and to date only) legally-recognised gay marriage took place in 1995. The late King Norodom Sihanouk is known to have been supportive of gay marriage, however I don’t know if his successor, Norodom Sihamoni, is as well.

In addition Israel already recognises both common-law and foreign same-sex marriages.

The situation in Nepal is more interesting: the Supreme Court ruled several years ago that gay marriage must be legalised, but left it up to the government to enact, which the government chose to do through the new constitution. (The same ruling also required recognition of intersex and genderqueer people as legally distinct from men & women.) The process of drafting the constitution has since stalled, so whether or not gay marriage is legal in Nepal is really a matter of perspective: recognition is required but not yet implemented.

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“I think Taiwan is pretty close via the courts.”

Unfortunately the case in question was withdrawn a couple of weeks ago by the plaintiffs. The Taipei Administrative Court initially announced they would be sending the case up to the constitutional court, but subsequently changed their mind and requested more information from the plaintiffs and defendants. The plaintiffs decided the court was stalling and gave up in protest. The court certainly was stalling, but pretty much everyone (including their own lawyer) thought dropping the case was a bad decision. In any event, the focus has now shifted from the courts to the legislature.

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