The parliament of Thailand on July 2nd invited the public to consult over proposed amendments to the marriage and family section of the Thai Civil and Commercial Code, allowing LGBTQ+ couples the right to marry.
Thailand’s Move Forward Party previously introduced a bill to the legislature seeking to amend the country’s Civil and Commercial Code.
The amendments proposed would allow individuals to marry regardless of gender, safeguarding the equality of rights for the LGBTQ+ community.
Among the rights are the privilege to adopt, make medical decisions on behalf of their partner, gain an inheritance from their partners, and make legal decisions on the assets of their partner.
The bill also proposed to change gender-specific terminologies used in the law to be inclusive, encompassing the spectrum of the LGBT community.
It also introduced raising the legal marrying age in Thailand, from 17-years old to 18-years old.
The consultation over the amendments are safeguarded by Section 77 of the Thai Constitution:
“Prior to the enactment of every law, the State should conduct consultation with stakeholders, analyze any impacts that may occur from the law thoroughly and systematically, and should also disclose the results of the consultation and analysis to the public, and take them into consideration at every stage of the legislative process.”
To date, more than 5,000 people have participated in the online survey.