Thailand considers legalizing same-sex marriage

Decriminalized in 1956 – before Britain and the US – there has long been a great deal of tolerance towards homosexuality in Thailand.

Over the past twenty years, even larger changes in attitudes have been observed, including the lifting of a military ban on gays and homosexuality no longer being seen as a mental illness. The popularity of Thai “lady-boys” in the entertainment industry has also contributed to a wider acceptance of alternative lifestyles. But still most Thais are conservative at heart and proposals to allow same-sex marriage are the ultimate test of their tolerance.