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Thailand Has Moved One Step Closer To Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage

Thailand’s lower house of parliament has overwhelmingly passed a bill that would change the definition of marriage to one between two individuals, instead of between a man and a woman.

Thailand has moved one step closer to legalizing same-sex marriage.

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LGBTQ activists and supporters celebrate with Move Forward Party members after the initial passing of the Marriage Equality Bill outside parliament in Bangkok on June 15, 2022. (Photo by LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA/AFP via Getty Images)

On Wednesday March 27, Thailand’s lower house of parliament overwhelmingly passed a bill with 400 votes in favor and 10 against.

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A same sex couple poses in wedding dresses as members of the LGBTQIA+ community take part in the Pride March in Bangkok on June 5, 2022. (Photo by LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA/AFP via Getty Images)

The bill would change the definition of marriage to one between two individuals, instead of between a man and a woman.

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LGBTQs couple pose for pictures while holding a civil partnership bill at Sai Suddha Nobhadol Building. (Photo by Varuth Pongsapipatt/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

The bill now needs to be approved by the senate and the Thai King before it becomes law.

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A demonstrator seen wearing a drag queen costume in pride colours during the pride parade in Bangkok on June 5, 2022. (Photo by Varuth Pongsapipatt/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
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Attendees take a selfie while giving a kiss on the cheek during a Pride parade on June 04, 2023 in Bangkok, Thailand. (Photo by Lauren DeCicca/Getty Images)

If approved, Thailand would become the third country in Asia to allow same-sex marriage after Taiwan and Nepal.

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A man wearing a colorful mask poses at the Bangkok Pride 2023. (Photo by Tim Russell/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Thailand has one of the most open and visible LGBTQ cultures and communities in Asia, but activists say LGBTQ people still face discrimination through outdated laws and institutions.

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Members of the LGBT community take part in the parade to mark pride day 2022 in Bangkok, Thailand, 05 June 2022. (Photo by Anusak Laowilas/NurPhoto)
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People wave rainbow flags during a Pride parade on June 04, 2023 in Bangkok, Thailand. (Photo by Lauren DeCicca/Getty Images)

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