Thursday, November 30, 2023
Local authorities in a village in Nepal registered the Himalayan nation’s first same-sex marriage on Wednesday, officials and activists said, five months after the Supreme Court issued an interim order clearing the way for such marriages in the largely conservative country.
The marriage between 36-year-old Ram Bahadur (Maya) Gurung, who was born male but identifies as female, and Surendra Pandey, 26, who was born and identifies as male, was formally registered at the Dordi rural municipality office in the Lumjung district in west Nepal, an official said.
“We are both very happy. Like us, all others in our community are happy too,” Pandey said in a phone interview.
The couple have been in a relationship for nine years and got married according to Hindu rituals in 2016 in the capital, Kathmandu.
“We have issued the marriage registration certificate to the couple in consideration of the Supreme Court order and instructions from relevant government authorities,” said Hem Raj Kafle, chief administrative officer of the Dordi rural municipality.
In June, the country’s Supreme Court issued an interim order allowing same-sex couples to register their marriages pending a final verdict.
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