Thailand, long considered a gay frilly holiday destination, may bolster that claim with a proposed civil partnership law in the next year. Yahoo! News reports:
A civil partnership law in the works aims to give lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) couples the same rights as heterosexuals. One lawmaker sees it passing by next year. Same-sex unions are not currently recognized under Thai law, which defines marriage as between a man and a woman. That stops gay couples applying for joint bank loans or medical insurance. In 2012, a group of lawmakers and LGBT activists formed a committee to draft legislation recognizing same-sex couples. But critics of the law say it will not give a level playing field because it raises the age of consent to 20 from 17 for homosexual couples. For heterosexuals it is 17.
The law’s passage is by no means assured, and it would also force transgender citizens to register their birth gender on the marriage certificate. It’s also not full marriage equality. But it is a step forward.