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Civil Partnership Bill now open for public comment

Jan 07. 2019
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By The Nation

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Members of the public can comment on the Civil Partnership Bill on the Council of State’s website until January 23, according to a Facebook post by the agency.

The comments will be gathered for consideration before the council submits the bill to the National Legislative Assembly.

If passed by the legislators, the law will make Thailand the first country in Asia to recognise same-sex unions. 

Though the bill is supported by many, it has also been criticised by LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) groups for being “insufficient” as it does not recognise their rights to adopt a child, receive a spouse’s public and private welfare benefits, or receive a deduction from taxes for couples. 

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