Gay couples in Thailand receive death threats from Indonesian internet users after sharing wedding photos - Mothership.SG

A Thai couple received death threats and homophobic comments from Indonesian internet users after posting pictures of their wedding online, Thai media reported.

On April 4, Suriya Koedsang and his husband published pictures of their wedding in which he thanked guests and family members for their support.

However, the post later became the target of homophobic statements by Indonesian internet users who, according to Coconuts, attacked marriage as “forbidden by God” and “cause of the end of the world” and insulted the couple with various derogatory terms.

As of April 12, the number of comments on the post had reached 280,000, with Thai internet users responding to Indonesians with a mixture of insults and jokes, including racist and Islamophobic comments.

The death of the husband, family and even the wedding photographer was threatened

Subsequently, on April 11, Suriya wrote a post in English highlighting that his husband, family, relatives and even the wedding photographer had received death threats from Indonesians.

These threats included videos of “slaughter,” he said.

Suriya added that he had decided not to answer at first, while receiving constant insults for three days, thinking that the excitement would eventually subside.

He asked:

“I have tons of questions in my head, why? We got married in my warm home and family, my own place, my own motherland, and what’s wrong with Indonesia and Indonesians? Why does it have to be so dramatic? Why is it happening?” with our couple while many LGBTQ people have done a lot of wedding ceremonies here? Why on earth is this ours? “

Suriya added that he did not want to blame the religion as he knew a Muslim family who supported him for what he is and had no problems while studying in the Muslim-majority Pattani province.

He said:

“I honestly respect all religions. When I studied in southern Thailand (Pattani), where most of the people are Muslim, I have no problem at all and no difficult time there. Besides, the Muslim family has always supported me as I am. Religion never teaches you to hate others, to look down on people. In contrast, religion uses the human heart to be a good person. “

Lawyer: Indonesians harassing couple could be arrested if visiting Thailand

On the same day, a lawyer, Ronnarong Kaewpetch, also saw him, who said in a Facebook post that he was engaged to be engaged by the couple because of the harassment.

While same-sex marriages are not recognized under Thai law, it is not uncommon for gay couples to host wedding celebrations.

Ronnarong added that the family had been under great stress and warned Indonesians that arrest warrants in Thailand will be “waiting” for them when they enter the country.

He has also asked the couple to make a precautionary police report against a potential “fanatic” in Thailand.

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