Plaintiffs speak to journalists after a court ruling in Osaka, western Japan Monday, June 20, 2022. / AP

Japan court says ban on same-sex marriage constitutional

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese court ruled Monday that the country’s ban on same-sex marriage does not violate the constitution, and rejected demands for compensation by three couples who said…

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Protest during a mass marriage registration event on Valentine’s Day in Bangkok on February 14, 2022. (Photo by Jack TAYLOR / AFP)

Marriage or partnership? The four-way fight for LGBT couples’ rights in Thailand

Thailand moved a step closer to legal recognition of same-sex couples on June 15, as four draft laws on LGBTQ couples’ rights sailed through the first reading in Parliament. Approved…

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Parliament passes 1st reading of Marriage Equality Bill, paving way for same sex marriage

Thailand’s House of Representatives passed the first reading of the Move Forward party’s groundbreaking Marriage Equality Bill today (Wednesday), by 212 votes to 180 votes, with 12 abstentions and 4…

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Doing ‘drag’ was kind of an escape: Pangina Heals

“Doing ‘drag’ was kind of an escape, a way in which you can be a different character, a better version of you and somewhat super-human. So, I was really attracted…

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Thailand’s Civil Partnership Bill endorsed by cabinet, sent to parliament

The cabinet approved the Civil Partnership Bill today (Tuesday), which, if made law, will allow a same-sex couple to register their partnership and recognises many rights and privileges enjoyed by…

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Bangkok celebrates first ‘Pride Month’ with newly elected governor

Bangkok saw its first official Pride parade yesterday (Sunday), to celebrate gender diversity and to advocate forgender equality. Thousands of LGBTQ+ community members joined the festive “Bangkok Naruemit Pride Parade”…

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Thai cabinet rejects same sex marriage bill, pending parliamentary review

The LGBTQ community in Thailand was dealt a serious setback today (Tuesday), when the cabinet rejected the Move Forward Party’s draft Marriage Equality Bill, which sought to legalise same-sex marriage…

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Many Thai couples register marriages on Valentine’s Day in Bangkok

Every year, numerous couples in Thailand register their marriages on Valentine’s Day, with special activities organised by district offices, where official marriage licenses are issued. But this year is a…

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LGBT activists rally on Valentine’s Day in Bangkok to demand same-sex marriage rights

A demonstration, led by political activist, Brahmasara “Fah” Viradhammajari and his partner Titat “Peter” Kuantrakul, was held at the CAT Telecom building in Bangkok today (Monday), when they intended to…

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Move Forward party’s same-sex marriage bill stalled, pending cabinet vetting

Thai opposition Move Forward party’s draft bill on same-sex marriage was dealt a blow today (Wednesday) when the House of Representatives voted to send it for vetting by the cabinet…

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Bangkok district office to offer free marriage registration for same-sex couples on Valentine’s Day

Bangkok’s Bang Khun Thian district office will provide a free marriage registration service for same sex couples and issue certificates on Valentine’s Day. The district director, Pongjakarin Tavornpong, said today…

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Opposition Pheu Thai party supports equal marriage rights for all genders

The Rainbow Alliance, an advocacy group for equal rights for same-sex couples, has sought support from the opposition Pheu Thai party, to push their draft bill on equal marriage rights…

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Chile Congress approves same-sex marriage, adoptions

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A measure to legalize marriage and adoption by same-sex couples was approved by the lower house of Chile’s Congress on Tuesday, moving it close to final…

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Thai Charter court rules that only heterosexual marriages are constitutional

Same-sex marriage in Thailand will have to wait, as the Constitutional Court ruled unanimously today (Wednesday) that Section 1448 of the Civil and Commercial Code, defining marriage as being a…

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Private sector recognises LGBT+ and offers certain ‘rights’

Business operators have started granting “rights” to members of Thailand’s LGBT+ community as they continue to wait to be granted legal rights Thailand is one of the world’s friendliest Lesbian,…

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