Civil Unions Getting Real in Thailand
By Neal Broverman
Thailand could become one of the only Asian countries to legally recognize same-sex relations.
The country, which has been ahead of its neighbors for years when it comes to LGBT equality, is considering a bill that would allow all gay men and women over the age of 20 to enter into civil partnerships. If passed, couples will benefit from insurance, inheritance, pension, and tax laws (though the bill would not legalize adoption by gays). The parliamentary bill is now gathering support among constituents, as is the process for legislation in Thailand.
Thailand legalized gay sexual relations in 1956, decades before the U.S. It also allows gays and lesbians to serve in the military. Nearby Vietnam is making inroads in gay equality, as well.