Panel for legalising same-sex marriage

- Post Report, KATHMANDU

Feb 10, 2015-

An expert panel formed to study the feasibility of same-sex marriage in the country submitted its report to the Prime Minister’s Office on Monday, recommending that the government legalise homosexual marriage.

Apart from asking the government to recognise same-sex couples as equal to heterosexual ones, the panel in its report has asked the government to amend the Civil and Criminal Code bills tabled at the Parliament and redefine marriage as a relationship between two individuals. It has also asked to decriminalise homosexuality. Although the Criminal Code bill does not explicitly criminalise homosexual behaviours, ‘unnatural sex’ is punishable by law.

The term ‘unnatural’ sex, however, is left undefined, but legal advocates believe that it refers to homosexual acts.

The panel also asked the government to study existing laws that discriminate against gender and sexual minorities.

Published: 10-02-2015 09:51

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