Nepal Supreme Court delivers historic ruling in favour of same-sex marriage

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05/03/2023

The Supreme Court of Nepal has issued a landmark ruling ordering authorities to recognise a gay foreign spouse of a Nepali citizen and instructing the government to move towards the legalisation of same-sex marriage. The case in question was brought by Nepali national Adheep Pokhrel and his German husband Tobias Volz after the latter was denied a non-tourist visa by the nation’s Department of Immigration. The couple had married in Germany in 2018 with the intention of later moving to Nepal, but their request was denied on the grounds that the application form read “husband” and “wife”.

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