Thailand opens Gay ‘Marriage’ Debate in Asia

This may be good news for gay rights, but it is certainly bad news for everyone working to strengthen Christian marriages and families.  

Gay rights activists in Thailand recently received some good news.  Proposed legislation offering same-sex couples the same legal rights as heterosexual married couples is heading to parliament.  Presenting the draft law on same-sex unions to Thailand’s parliament is Wiratana Kalayasiri, Democrat parliamentarian, who is also the chairman of the Legal Justice Human Rights committee.              

 9gaymovementIf the bill passes, it would make Thailand the first country in Asia to legalize same-sex civil unions, which may not seem unrealistic considering the country’s well-known tolerance towards lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender couplings.

 However,  there are several hurdles that stand in the way of Thailand becoming the first country in Asia to break this barrier.

First, public opinion. A government survey found that nearly 60 percent of the population are not in favor of gay marriage. Still, leading activists in Thailand’s  believe that the bill could facilitate the process of moving public attitudes from opposition to acceptance. 

 Second, most legislators in Thailand are aged over 47, hence with an older way of thinking.  This partially explains the staunch opposition to the law in its early stages.   To get the bill passed 251 parliamentarians need to sign on.

Third, changing the law involves changing Thai civil law, which some say is close to impossible as that would be like changing the Bible.

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Sources:

http://bangkok.coconuts.co/2013/07/22/could-thailand-become-first-asian-country-legalize-same-sex-civil-unions

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/SEA-01-250713.html