A Thailand House committee is considering a gay/lesbian civil unions bill that, if passed, would be the first of its kind in Asia. Towleroad.com reports:
The House committee chaired by Pol Gen Viroon Phuensaen, a Pheu Thai Party-list MP, started drafting the bill a year ago after receiving a complaint from a gay male couple. The couple said they had been denied a marriage certificate. Three more public hearings will take place at Chiang Mai University on Friday, Khon Kaen University on Feb 22 and Prince of Songkhla University on March 1, respectively. Opinions from the public will be gathered and used to amend the bill before being proposed to the cabinet for further consideration. If the cabinet rejects the bill, the supporters have pledged to collect 10,000 names of eligible voters or at least 20 members of the House of Representatives to forward to parliament for consideration.
In related news, a lesbian couple tried to get married on Valentine’s Day, the Advocate reports:
An adorable lesbian couple in Thailand joined thousands of couples across the globe who tried to get married on Valentine’s Day. According to Coconuts Bangkok, Pallawee Jongtangsajjatham and Rungtiwa Tangkanopak were one of many couples that went to the Bang Rak District to get a marriage certificate on V-day but officials turned them away, saying same-sex marriage wasn’t legal in the country.