In Nepal, the LGBTQ Community’s Fight for Marriage Equality is Far From Over

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07/28/2023

“We are going to fight until the very end!” said Surendra Pandey, the husband of Maya Gurung, when we met at a restaurant in Nepal’s busy capital Kathmandu. Frequent power outages, with lights and music turning on and off at irregular intervals, seem to provide an appropriate backdrop to the legal rollercoaster Maya and Surendra endured over the last few weeks. The couple of eight years, who are now at the center of the legal battle for LGBTQ rights in Nepal, married six years ago during a traditional Hindu ceremony at the ​​prominent Sohrakhutte Paknajol Ganesh Temple in Kathmandu, where they vowed to each other to stay together for the duration of seven reincarnations.

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