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First Foreign Gay Couple Weds in Nepal

First Foreign Gay Couple Weds in Nepal


A British expatriate man and an Indian man this month became the first foreign same-sex couple to marry in Nepal.

According to the Daily Telegraph, Sanjay Shah, originally from Leicester, married an Indian man who did not want to be identified in a ceremony in Kathmandu.

"Though Nepal does not yet recognise same-sex marriage, ceremonies performed by priests are generally accepted," reported the Telegraph. "The wedding was organised by LGBT group the Blue Diamond society, and happened just a few days before Nepal's first gay pride march, which was attended by an estimated 2000 people."

Nepal is making significant progress toward equality compared to neighboring Asian countries, with same-sex marriage likely to become legal when the government incorporates gay rights into the constitution.

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