🎉 🇹🇭 Congratulations to Thailand! It will become the first nation in Southeast Asia to legally recognize same-sex marriage after the kingdom’s Senate approved a marriage equality bill on Tuesday.

According to AP News, “Thailand will become the third place in Asia, after Taiwan and Nepal, to allow same-sex marriage. The marriage equality bill, which grants full legal, financial and medical rights for marriage partners of any gender, sailed through the House of Representatives right before the previous parliamentary session concluded in April with the approval of 400 of the 415 members who were present.

“It passed its final reading in the Senate on Tuesday with the approval of 130 of the 152 members in attendance, with 4 voting against it and 18 abstaining.

“The bill now needs the pro forma endorsement of King Maha Vajiralongkorn, followed by its publication in the Government Gazette, which will set a date within 120 days when it becomes effective.”

Read more at “Thailand’s Senate overwhelmingly approves a landmark bill to legalize same-sex marriages” by Jintmas Saksornchai on apnews.org.