The Thai National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and the Sexual Diversity Network (SDN) presented draft legislation to grant marital status to same-sex relationships at the 16th Asia Pacific Forum (APF) in Bangkok.

Ahead of the meeting, NHRC Secretary-General Chuchai Suphawong said the draft law to recognise same-sex relationships was a good thing and the NHRC would support it.

He said the NHRC would propose the draft law to the APF as part of a push for the Thai government to support the law.

SDN representative Pongsathorn Chanreun said the network would join with NHRC to push for implementation of this draft law, to give homosexual people access to social and human security rights such as heritage, child care, insurance and medical care benefits, which were basic rights for all.

Despite its gay-friendly culture, Thailand currently has no laws recognising same-sex relationships.

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