After Taiwan and Nepal, Thailand may soon become the third Asian country to recognise the right to marry of non-heterosexual couples.
AFTERTaiwan, Thailand may become the third Asian country and the first Southeast Asian country to legalise marriage between non-heterosexual couples.
Last month, the Thai government approved a draft law put forth by the country’s ministry of justice, which seeks to amend theThailand Civil and Commercial Code to define marriage as between any two “individuals”.
Currently,Section 1458 of the Thailand Civil and Commercial Code states that a “marriage can take place only if the man and woman agree to take each other as husband and wife, and such agreement must be declared publicly before the registrar in order to have it recorded by the registrar”.
The Prime Minister of Thailand, Srettha Thavisin, stated that the Bill seeking to amend the Thailand Civil and Commercial Code could betabled before the National Assembly (Thai Parliament) for consideration in December this year.
Marriage equality in Asia
There have been some major developments with regard to marriage equality in Asia, especially in South Asia, in the last decade.