This not only gives equal rights to Thailand's gay population but brings parity to the expat community there as well because currently foreigners can only own property (other than condo units in buildings owned in the majority by nationals) through their married Thai partners which means that gay expats could not, say, own farmland or a house in the suburbs where it might be cheaper to live than in a condo in a city while their str8 counterparts could live at more reasonable cost plus own their own property (to better control living expenses, better assure security, farm, garden, whatever) through their hetero spouses.
So enacting such a policy there could have immediate international implication even from within their own borders. Good for you, Thailand, Land of Smiles.
Example of house & cost:http://www.isaan-house.com/properties/showproperty/5-nong-khai/19-kuen-wan-village-/15-houses-for-sale/5-single-house/38-single-2-storey-house-in-kuen-wan-village-nongkhai-close-to-mekong-river
asking US $71,400
Now picture this guy on that balconyhttp://www.ddproperty.com/en/property/2-bedroom-detached-house-in-saraphi-chiang-mai-635801
asking US $94,500 or $98/sq fthttp://www.ddproperty.com/en/property/house-for-sale-doisaket-district-197-sq-wah-590733
asking US $107,600 or $44/sq ft
The implication of this is that, especially should we gain our equal human rights in the USA, an American retiree with even just $50,000 or $100,000 savings for property plus meeting other financial requirements** (mostly just some social security) could marry and live well there and have their spouse benefit just as do hetero spouses of Americans even upon the expat's death.
**FINANCIAL REQUIREMENT (for retirement visa age 50 & up):
1.BANK ACCOUNT SHOWING THB 800,000 (currently--as of this post date US $26,08
2.MONTHLY INCOME OF AT LEAST THB 65,000 ($2,119, say average SS of $1,230 plus additional savings of about $266,000 withdrawing 4% annual) or
3. (the easy plan) COMBINATION (BANK ACCOUNT + INCOME x 12 = THB 800,000) ie SS income of 1,230 x 12 = $14,760 - $26,088 = $11,328 in their bank.
So to live there you'd need only enough to buy the house (or rent) plus showing income of your social security plus $11k in the bank. Try that in Manhattan. Of course, probably not as easy to find a bagel or a slice of pizza, but all the delicious Thai food you can eat at probably $3 a meal. Sounds like a plan.