Thailand’s Cabinet has backed a bill that would allow same-sex couples to enter into civil partnerships.
An advisor to Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha’s office said the measure would allow same-sex couples to adopt children and receive many of the same rights and privileges that heterosexuals receive through marriage according to the Bangkok Post.
Nathporn Chatusripitak, an adviser to the Prime Minister said the bill will now go before Thailand’s National Legislative Assembly, where passage is not guaranteed.
They must be at least 20 years old and one of them must have Thai nationality. The union ends by death, voluntary separation or court order.
In terms of assets and estate, the Civil and Commercial Code will apply mutatis mutandis, making the union very similar to that of heterosexual couples.
A referendum on whether same-sex couples should receive marriage rights in Taiwan failed last month by a wide margin.