Thailand could soon become the first country in Southeast Asia to legalize same-sex marriage. A draft law being readied for parliament seeks to offer LGBT couples the same legal rights as opposite-sex couples. But as FSRN’s Simba Russeau reports, despite some strides on the legal front, members of the LGBT community in Thailand still face social opposition.
Last year, (2012) a same-sex Buddhist couple married in Taiwan, where a legalization bill has been pending since 2003. Taipei is also home to Asia’s largest annual gay pride parade, according to organizers.
The Supreme Court of Nepal ruled in favor of legalization in 2008, but those rights haven’t been put into effect because the country’s new constitution has been stuck in limbo for years.
In July, the Justice Ministry in Vietnam said it would consider a provision for same-sex marriage rights in an amendment to the country’s marriage laws.
“It’s time for us to look at the reality,” Minister Ha Hung Cuong said in an online debate at the time. “The number of homosexuals has mounted to hundreds of thousands. It’s not a small figure. … They may own property. We, of course, have to handle these issues legally.”
Paula’s opinion: (and I’m often wrong, LOL)
Marriage is a human right. It should not be under the rule of religion, but rather as a state affair. If a couple wishes a religious wedding that is their choice, but it should then be registered by the State. Marriage is a right of all persons, heterosexual and homosexual. Marriage is often important in matters of a sick partner or for legal purposes and property issues.
There is a good possibility that other countries in South America will follow the lead of Argentina and Uruguay in allowing same sex couples to marry.