As Thailand moves to pass same-sex marriage law, couple wait to tie the knot

MONDAY, JUNE 17, 2024

Thai lesbian couple Vorawan “Beaut” Ramwan and Anticha “An” Sangchai are patiently waiting for the passage of their country’s same-sex marriage law so that they can cement their relationship after four years together.

“Once the law comes into effect, we will sign our marriage licence,” said Ms Anticha, a university lecturer. “We’ve been waiting for this for a long time.”

The marriage equality Bill is expected to pass through its final reading in Thailand’s Upper House of Parliament on June 18, said Mr Wallop Tangkananuruk, chairman of the Senate committee for the Bill.

It will then be sent to the King for approval and come into force 120 days after being published in the Royal Gazette, making Thailand the third territory in Asia after Taiwan and Nepal to legalise same-sex marriage.

“The passage of this law is a (social) movement, pushing the boundaries by acknowledging our existence,” Ms Anticha added.

The law also formalises their ability to look after one another legally, said Ms Vorawan.

“It would give us a more sense of security for our lives,” said the 32-year-old nurse. “It’s something that we’ve never had before.” REUTERS