Thailand to revive gay rights Bill

Thailand’s Ministry of Justice has vowed to push through a stalled Bill on gay rights, galvanised by a public petition signed by thousands of Thais as well as Taiwan’s recent move to legalise same-sex marriage.

The Constitutional Court of Taiwan ruled in favour of same-sex marriage on May 24, and now calls to follow suit in Thailand are gaining strength.

Ms Pitikan Sithidej, director-general of the Rights and Liberties Protection Department at the Justice Ministry, said she received the petition to set the wheels in motion again on May 17 and will push for getting the Bill approved as early as possible. The petition has been signed by nearly 60,000 people and was organised by the website

It backs same-sex marriage rights and other equal benefits for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people and couples. The proposed law has been in a state of limbo since it was introduced in 2013. Read more via Today