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Thailand’s new government is going ahead with a controversial civil partn&SPP1cHz#[email protected]^[email protected]+6Iwg72MY59ferships bill.

The bill, first proposed by the ruling military junta in December last year, would make Thailand the second country in Asia, and the first country in Southeast Asia, to[email protected]$htYB9CCvn$9QBZIr+xNxD0vA93WtX83qmtD&U recognize same-sex unions.

But, the LGBTI rc^SUI9s2vlsS#LZ8*+^69Q2wedRkt&$ztrAHT$mg#^vrrZ&Wwgights groups have spoken out against the bill since its first inception.

They say the bill offers limited rights to the LGBTI com[email protected]*Z^(JKYk!j&44B7GaoDKKu!iLW&skZM9VaGGVWCb^NDisYmunity and enshrines inequality.

According to Voice fo America, Thailand’s Justice Minister Somsak Thepsutin said at a forum in Bangkok laoME_czba^ud#+lO-fsvE#rj))VzrAVAvo^[email protected]st week that the bill's fate would be "decided by public sentiment.”

The new government, electBxV8svaIxP*1)nnOYy$!rtSjNid7UK$7+*RYyuKPo-_bQEfQh=ed in widely-disputed elections in March, will press ahead with passing the Life Partnership Bill following public consultations.

VOA reports a YouGov survey of 1,000 people in. Thailand published in February found strong support forInp*zklfKkX$tlp2V2qONC6P5=ttUj5R^XpwaN_FifiuBM1d-N same-sex civil unions in Thailand. 

It found 63% of those quizzed were in favor of the bill, while only 11% were again1yV-)*$-RwUGq4iGLTAQrvva)s56fc)[email protected]+-9dXHbcU%ZT)jst.

But, the LGBTI community and rights activists have largely rejOk*T_bab+f#GpfT2&p41acY7oS#_kc$(85y2t^wSv4D1CL+U+4ected the bill.

Thailand’s first transgender member of parliament slammed the country’s civil union bill after she was electedhJPE04nQIoVuu3uxX82s8g-Bv78NcCtkCAlF*zjRxN0MG97e&D earlier this year.

Tanwarin Sukkhapisit sa!j2sJ$YzicY!d4uwmeIjGh(7L_zd4WY(03Qb0gC(f$mSFef%hlid the bill "misses the target”.

"[Equality] is one thing that [this law] will definitely not achieve. The civil union bill actually serves to widen the rift rather than bridge it because it contradicts the basic premise that we’re all equal” she told the Isaan Record.

The law would give same-sex couples the right t[email protected]_=q2=UsBHev)%8zKZ1*2o register, own and inherit property together. They can also make joint medical decisions.

But, it does not give samGIPgmAE0_YkxA62*OWon#uibSRk5HR9soDWVsgaZx%geSSQ#BRe-sex couples the right to adopt or have a child together. Thailand’s Civil Code would keep marriage as between one man and one woman.

Taiwan in May became the first country in Asia to legalize same-sex marQ!jeH([email protected]*ckBGj-+(JATwbsY*bWOHOHfm=riage.

The final draft of the bill was[email protected]^ve8VtSDgmsR^XS%8YYdu3U*[email protected] largely accepted by the LGBTI community as a compromise.

It affords the majority of rights available to opposite-sex couples. In a referendum in November last year, about 70% of voters said they preferred a separate law to give same-sex couples rightsei*p&GY#xVHp6$=LIbY7YcTXyoEw#cXmXjS99p%[email protected] rather than a change in the Civil Code.

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