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Thailand to Be Southeast Asia’s Pioneer With Same-Sex Union Bill

A same sex couple poses in wedding dresses during the Pride March in Bangkok on June 5.

A same sex couple poses in wedding dresses during the Pride March in Bangkok on June 5.

Photographer: Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP/Getty Images

Thailand ratified a bill that will help it become the first Southeast Asian country to legalize same-sex unions.  

The Cabinet approved the draft legislation after receiving opinions from LGBTQ and religious groups, which don’t object to the proposal, Ratchada Thanadirek, a government spokesperson, said in a statement. The bill will be forwarded to Parliament for approval before becoming law.