Lesbian couple try to register marriage in Bangkok

Two women requested a marriage certificate at Bang Rak district office in Bangkok to bring attention to the issue of same-sex marriage in Thailand

Lesbian couple try to register marriage in Bangkok
15 February 2013

A lesbian couple in Bangkok attempted to register their marriage at Bang Rak district office yesterday for Valentine’s Day.

Pallawee Jongtangsajjatham and Rungtiwa Tangkanopak were told that same-sex couples could not be offered a marriage certificate.

The couple said that they will file a complaint with the House of Representatives and request to meet Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to discuss same-sex marriage.

‘The Prime Minister should understand the issue as she shares the same sex with us,’ Pallawee and Rungtiwa said, Coconuts Bangkok reports

Sexual Diversity Network, an coalition including Anjaree lesbian rights group and Thai Transgender Alliance, organized the event to bring attention to the issue same-sex marriage in Thailand.

A parliamentary committee is currently looking into the possibility of legalizing same-sex marriage in the country. The first of a series of public hearings into the issue was attended by hundreds of LGBT rights supporters in Bangkok earlier this week.

Co-ordinator of the Thai Transgender Alliance Jetsada Taesombat told Bangkok Post that they plan to prepare a civil society same-sex marriage bill, which would need the support of at least 10,000 eligible voters to be introduced to parliament.  

HAVE YOUR SAY

MORE TOP STORIES

No thumbnail available

Gay banker murdered wife, incinerated body to hide his sexuality

A 29-year-old was found guilty of murdering his 24-year-old wife before putting her into an incinerator
No thumbnail available

Robbie Rogers inspired gay soccer comedy coming to ABC

'Men In Shorts' will follow the life of an openly gay soccer player
No thumbnail available

Robbie Rogers says being closeted led to struggles with his mental health

Openly gay member of LA Galaxy who came out a year ago is first out player in Major League Soccer last year
No thumbnail available

Chloë Sevigny feels a heavy responsibility playing a transgender hit woman on TV

'I was worried people would be angry that they didn’t cast a real person who was transitioning'
No thumbnail available

How taking on gay role in film helped end rumors Tom Selleck was gay

Actor had been advised against the part of closeted TV reporter in movie In & Out because of tabloid stories that he was gay himself
No thumbnail available

Triple punch: Gay marriage lawsuits filed in Arizona, Indiana and Florida on same day

Trio join more than 50 existing lawsuits across the US seeking to overturn same-sex marriage bans
No thumbnail available

Russia lawmaker calls for ‘moral police’ to deal with gays

Gay rights activists suggest Russia could wait to enforce stricter laws against the LGBTI community after the country faced fierce international criticism
No thumbnail available

Happy birthday to Madonna

The Material Girl turns 54 today and shows no sign of stopping after nearly three decades in pop
No thumbnail available

16th annual Gay Easter Parade takes over New Orleans’ French Quarter

The drag kings and queens were out in force in New Orleans on Sunday to raise money for people with HIV through the city’s annual Gay Easter Parade
No thumbnail available

Brazil trans woman shot in face three times

More transgender people are murdered in Brazil than any other country