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Thai Senate Approves Historic Same-Sex Marriage Bill

The Thai Senate has approved a landmark marriage equality bill, setting the stage for same-sex couples to legally marry. The vote took place today, marking a significant moment in the country’s legislative history.

After approximately three hours of deliberation, the Senate voted 130 in favor, with 4 against and 18 abstentions. The bill will now be submitted to the Constitutional Court for review. Following this, the Prime Minister will present it to HM the King for Royal assent.

Once published in the Royal Gazette, the bill will become law in 120 days, making Thailand the first of the 10 ASEAN member countries to enact such legislation and the third in Asia.

Key provisions of the bill include the legal right for two individuals, regardless of gender, to marry or become engaged, provided both parties are 18 years or older. Additionally, in cases of divorce due to infidelity, one party can seek compensation from the other.

The Senate’s decision follows extensive discussions and signifies a notable step towards equality in Thailand.

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