Could Thailand be the Next Country to Legalize Gay Marriage?

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Thailand, which has long been a gay-favorite destination and a safe haven for the LGBT community in Southeast Asia, may be the next country to legalize gay marriage. Thailand’s neighbors, Myanmar, Malaysia, Singapore, and Brunei have all banned sexual relationships between men, so Thailand’s lax laws on same-sex relations has positioned the country as a safe haven in the region. A new civil partnership law that would give gay and lesbians the right to marry and the same rights as opposite-sex couples would not only give Thailand’s people equality, but would also help pump even more money into the country’s tourism sector. According to Reuters: “In 2012, a group of lawmakers and LGBT activists formed a committee to draft legislation recognizing same-sex couples. But critics of the law say it will not give a level playing field because it raises the age of consent to 20 from 17 for homosexual couples. For heterosexuals it is 17.”

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