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Thailand set to legalize same-sex unions

Inclusive bill welcomed by many, but falls short of full rights for LGBT couples

Bangkok's nightlife is famous for an openness to transgender females, but Thailand's legal system has until now not recognized the rights of same-sex couples. (Photo by Akira Kodaka)

BANGKOK -- Thailand may have a reputation for acceptance when it comes to the transgender females that perform in the capital's extravagant cabaret shows, but the country's legal system, like many in Southeast Asia, has traditionally been less accommodating to the LGBT community.

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