June 29th, 2007

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Thailand's Constitution Supports Gay Rights

Thailand's military dictatorship is following through with their promise of a return to democracy by appointing a committee to draft a new constitution. The committee is in the final stages of the process, and today made two major decisions:

1. There will be no state religion (despite a very strong movement among monks and conservatives to establish Buddhism as the state religion)
2. A clause banning discrimination based on sexual orientation will be included in the constitution

From The Nation newspaper:

...Natee Theerarojnapong, president of the Gay Political Group of Thailand, burst into tears on being told that the CDA had agreed to recognise the rights of gays and lesbians by stating in Article 30 of the charter that differences in "sexual identity" could not be grounds for discrimination.

"This is what we have fought for for decades," he said.

Natee said he believed that Sutthirat Simsiriwong's case had prompted the assembly to recognise gay rights [page 2].

"His case was concrete evidence that discrimination against gays does exist in this country," he said.