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Urging the Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage in Thailand

As someone who has experienced the joys and challenges of marriage firsthand, particularly as a husband to my beloved Bix, a Thai citizen, I strongly advocate for the legalization of same-sex marriage in Thailand.

Our love story, like countless others, is built on commitment, mutual respect, and unwavering devotion. Yet, despite the profound bond we share, our marriage would lack legal recognition in Thailand solely because of our sexual orientation. This inequality is not only unjust but also undermines the very foundation of equal rights and dignity for all individuals.

Thailand, a country known for its rich cultural heritage and spirit of inclusivity, has the opportunity to lead by example in promoting equality and acceptance.

Legalizing same-sex marriage is not about redefining tradition; it’s about upholding the fundamental principles of fairness and justice. Marriage, in its essence, is a celebration of love and partnership, transcending gender norms and societal expectations.

Denying same-sex couples the right to marry not only perpetuates discrimination but also deprives them of essential legal protections and benefits.

By granting legal recognition to same-sex marriage, Thailand would follow in Taiwan‘s footstep and affirm its commitment to human rights and pave the way for a more inclusive society. It would ensure equal access to healthcare, inheritance rights, and parental rights for all couples, regardless of their sexual orientation.

Moreover, it would send a powerful message of acceptance and respect to LGBTQ+ individuals, affirming their rightful place in the fabric of Thai society.

Opponents of same-sex marriage may cite cultural or religious objections, but we cannot let fear or prejudice dictate the course of progress. Love knows no bounds, and it’s time for our laws to reflect the diversity and complexity of human relationships.

As a loving husband and proud advocate for LGBTQ+ rights, my partner Bix and I urge the Thai government to embrace marriage equality and stand on the right side of history.

Let’s ensure that every individual, including Bix and me, has the opportunity to marry the person they love and build a life of happiness and fulfillment together.

Jim Luce
Jim Luce
Raising, Supporting & Educating Young Global Leaders through Orphans International Worldwide (, the J. Luce Foundation (, and The Stewardship Report ( Jim is also founder and president of the New York Global Leaders Lions Club.


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