LGBT vote push will pay off at polls

LGBT vote push will pay off at polls

The signs at this light-hearted demonstration by the LGBTI community in 2016 sums up the major requests. (Bangkok Post file photo)
The signs at this light-hearted demonstration by the LGBTI community in 2016 sums up the major requests. (Bangkok Post file photo)

The coup-led government of Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha is looking to tap into yet another source of valuable votes after announcing plans to enact a law allowing same-sex civil partnerships by the end of this year.

The move, if it does materialise, would mean Thailand becomes one of the very few countries in the region to recognise the rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. The country would be second only to Vietnam, which took this step in 2015, and ahead of Taiwan, where the country's highest court gave legislators a timeframe of two-years from 2017 to study a law before proposing it to the parliament for approval.

Umesh Pandey is Editor, Bangkok Post.

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Umesh Pandey

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Umesh Pandey is Editor, Bangkok Post.

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