The House Panel allows same-sex foreign couples to register civil partnership in Thailand

The House of Representatives committee reviewing the Civil Partnerships Act decided today (Wednesday) to amend the law to allow same-sex couples who are both foreigners to register their partnership in Thailand, rather than one of them being a Thai citizen got to.

Speaker of the House Review Panel Thanikarn Pornpongsarote said the committee decided to scrap the entire Section 8 of the bill, which requires that one of the same-sex couples eligible to register their partnership here be a Thai citizen got to.

Removing the clause means the door is open to same-sex couples who are both non-Thais to register their union, which can help boost tourism, Thanikarn said.

She announced that some religious leaders had previously raised concerns about this bill and comments were also made by the State Council, but the House Review Committee made its decision today.

The Civil Partnership Act was proposed by the Ministry of Justice to allow same-sex couples to register their partnerships. The bill also introduces changes to the Civil and Commercial Codes that give them almost the same rights as heterosexual couples.

The life partners can adopt children, secure the inheritance and manage assets together. The bill also includes segregation rules. But the union is still not legally recognized as a marriage.

The other bill, the Marriage Equality Bill, proposed by the Move Forward party, was also approved in first reading by the House of Commons on the same day, June 15th.

The draft law allows for the registration of marriages regardless of gender. It proposes a change in terminology, defining marriage as a union between one person and another rather than between a man and a woman, and using the term spouse instead of husband and wife.

The bill guarantees their rights to child adoption, consent to health care, ownership of property and inheritance.

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