Marriage Equality Hits a Challenge in Nepal

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10/18/2023

Two lower courts in the Himalayan country of Nepal have defied the country’s Supreme Court and refused to issue a marriage license to a couple. The couple, a transgender woman and a cisgender man, is considering appealing the decision to the Supreme Court, according to Human Rights Watch. The case involves Maya Gurung, a trans woman who is recognized legally as a man in Nepal, and Surendra Pandey, a cisgender man. The pair were married in a traditional Hindu ceremony in 2017 but have been unable to register their marriage legally at the Kathmandu District Court. The lower court refused the request, stating the marriage exists only between a male and female. Since Gurung is still recognized as a man on legal documents, they couldn’t get the registration.

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