Thailand vows to allow gay marriage
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THAILAND — Thailand on Friday proposed a ban on same-sex couples marrying, reversing a ban in the neighboring island of Vanuatu that was overturned by an appeals court in July.
The proposal to allow same-day marriages — including same-gender couples — came a day after the United Nations voted to establish a World Trade Organization tribunal to investigate the practice.
Thailand’s government had argued that the ban would harm businesses and undermine the country’s economic growth.
The proposed law will take effect on April 1, the Ministry of Justice said in a statement.
The Ministry of Culture, Science and Information said it had approved the draft law, which was signed by Vice President Yewon Palawat on Friday.
Same-sex marriage was allowed in Vanuati in 2013 after the country abolished the death penalty.
Vanuatu was one of several countries that voted against the resolution.
The Netherlands, which is also a member of the WTO, and Canada and Denmark are among other nations that have also rejected the resolution, citing its anti-LGBT content.
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