Will Thailand legalise same-sex marriage?

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As Thailand takes a step forward for same-sex marriage, we take a look back at the country’s LGBTQ+ rights history.

This week, we heard the positive LGBTQ+ news that Thailand’s Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin has approved an equality bill that would legalise same-sex marriage, which will be brought to parliament on 12 December.

However, the road to same-sex marriage in the country has, at times, been a rocky one.

In 2022, Thailand’s parliament debated four laws, including legislation aimed at granting same-sex couples marriage equality, but did not come to a final vote before the session ended.

The ruling Pheu Thai Party and its rivals all campaigned for marriage equality as a key objective in the lead-up to the May 2023 elections, positioning it as a central goal.

As the country moves closer towards legalising same-sex marriage, we felt it was a good time to take a look back at the story so far, and how Thailand came to this point.


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