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Thailand could be first Southeast Asian country to legalize same-sex marriage

Thailand could become the first Southeast Asian country to legalize same-sex marriage.

According to Bloomberg News, Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin said the government will submit a new bill to be reviewed by the cabinet on October 31. The bill would officially legalize same-sex marriage in Thailand.

In Thailand, same-sex couples are granted the same legal rights as heterosexual couples but only marriage between heterosexual couples is considered legal, eTurbo News reports. The Prime Minister hopes that the bill would provide more equality in Thailand.

“I see this (bill) as important in order for society to be more equal,” PM Thavisin said, according to eTurbo News.

There has been a big push in Thailand to legalize same-sex marriage and improve rights for members of the LGBTQ+ community. This past June, one of the front runners to be Thailand’s next prime minister, Pita Limjaroenrat, attended the Pride parade in Bangkok, Reuters reports.

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