11 July 2024

Foreign envoys in Thailand and the foreign media have welcomed the caretaker Thai Senate’s passing of the Marriage Equality bill yesterday, which will pave the way for same sex marriage in the country.

A message from the Embassy of Ireland reads: 

“A wonderful festive atmosphere at Thai Government House to celebrate the passage of the Marriage Equality Bill through parliament. Truly a historic moment as Thailand becomes the third country in Asia and first in ASEAN to legalise same sex marriage.

Another message from the US Embassy reads: 

“The US Embassy in Bangkok extends heartfelt congratulations to the Thai people following the Senate’s recent approval of the Marriage Equality Bill, marking an important procedural advancement on the path towards equality. While this isn’t the final step, it’s a significant milestone in the journey towards recognising and honouring love in all its forms. We stand with Thailand in its journey toward progress and inclusivity.”

CNN, ABC Australia and Bloomberg all welcomed the passage of the bill, with CNN headlining with:  

“A monumental step forward”.

ABC Australia commented that, following the passage of this bill, there is a good prospect that Thailand will become a hub for retired LGBTQ+ people from around the world, which will generate substantial revenue for Thailand because of the environment-friendly atmosphere and flexible Thai culture.

The Thai government opened Government House yesterday evening to welcome members of the LGBTQ community who went there to celebrate the historic event.

Deputy Prime Minister Phumtham Wechayachai and Social Development and Human Security Minister Varawut Silpa-archa, government officials and MPs joined the celebration.

Varawut thanked all parties concerned for their support in making it possible for the bill to pass, adding that Thailand will be the third country in Asia, after Taiwan and Nepal, to recognise same sex marriage.