Congratulations Thailand! The country has just ratified a bill that will make it become the first Southeast Asian country to legalize same-sex unions.
Ratchada Thanadirek, a government spokesperson, said in a statement. The bill will be forwarded to Parliament for approval before becoming law.
The bill doesn’t go as far as endorsing same-sex marriage, but will enable couples to jointly manage assets and liabilities, adopt children, and have inheritance and heritage rights between partners.
If everything goes as planned, Thailand will become the second jurisdiction in all Asia to allow same-gender unions, with Taiwan having legalized same-sex marriage in 2019.
The Cabinet’s move on Tuesday comes six months after the Constitutional Court ruled that laws should be expanded to guarantee greater rights for lesbian, gay, transgender, bisexual and queer individuals but stopped short of granting marriage equality.