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Morang gay couples want marriage right
- LGBTIs are allowed to live together, but not marry
Feb 22, 2017-
As many as 100 gay and lesbian couples in Morang have been deprived of their right to marry due to a lack of law.
According to Madhav Dulal, an information officer at the Morang branch of Blue Diamond Society (BDS), an organisation that works for the rights LGBTI people, more than 100 gay and lesbian couples who want to get married have not been able to do so, as the country’s law does not allow same-sex marriage.
“Although the Supreme Court has allowed gays and lesbians of marriageable age to live together, the country is yet to introduce a legal framework allowing them to marry,” he said at a press meet organised by the BDS and Paribartanshil Samaj.
A national committee two years ago had submitted a report to the government, recommending that Nepal adopt same sex marriage, family protections and strike out discriminatory provisions from the civil and criminal codes.
Nepal otherwise has made significant strides in recognising and protecting the LGBTI community.
In 2007, the Supreme Court passed a landmark judgment on matters related to LGBTI rights, which was hailed nationally and internationally. But there has not been much progress when it comes to same-sex-marriage.
Similarly, Muskan Shrestha, chairman of the Morang branch of Paribartanshil Samaj, said marked progress could not be made in terms of empowering LGBTI persons in the district through various income-generating programme and training for want of budget.
There are estimated 11,000 LGBTI people in Morang district.
Published: 22-02-2017 08:22