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Thailand's parliament approves bill legalizing same-sex marriage

This Wednesday (27), the Thai parliament reached a historic milestone by approving, by a large majority, a marriage equality bill. This significant step positions Thailand as one of the most liberal countries in Asia, moving towards the legalization of same-sex unions, approaching countries such as Taiwan and Nepal, which have already adopted similar measures.

The bill received unanimous support from all major Thai parties and was the result of more than a decade of legislative development. However, to enter into force, it still requires the approval of the Senate and the sanction of the King, following a period of 120 days after parliamentary approval.

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Historic approval

The legislation, which received 400 votes in favor among the 415 parliamentarians present, marks an effort to reduce disparities in Thai society and promote equality. Danuphorn Punnakanta, chairman of the parliamentary committee responsible for the bill, expressed a desire to make history and invited all legislators to join in this historic moment.

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This legislative advancement represents a significant step for Thailand, reinforcing its position as one of the most progressive countries in Asia on issues related to the LGBTQ+ community. The country, known for its vibrant LGBT social scene, is now moving towards legally formalizing the recognition of same-sex unions.

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Advancement in the fight for LGBTQ+ rights

Spokesperson for rights group Fortify Rights, Mookdapa Yangyuenpradorn, described the approval as a big step for the country, expressing hope that the final process will go smoothly, bringing Thailand to the same level of LGBTQ+ rights seen elsewhere. of the world.

Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin, who has publicly expressed her support for the LGBTQ+ community, highlighted that this change will strengthen Thai family structures. Amid a political environment marked by unrest and instability, the achievement of this legislation is a demonstration of Thailand's commitment to social equality and respect for diversity.

Despite the challenges faced in the past, this legislative approval reflects significant progress in the fight for equal rights in Thailand, and represents a milestone for the LGBTQ+ community in the country.

Featured photo: LGBT+ flag (Reproduction/Getty Images)

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