Nepal’s first legally recognized gay couple vow to continue fighting for rights

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12/03/2023

Nepal’s first legally recognized gay couple have vowed to continue fighting for the rights of men and women who are just like them, citing that their groundbreaking marriage is just the first of many fights they have to undertake. Maya Gurung and Surendra Pandey — a trans woman and a cis man — only had their union recognized as legal on Friday, after they took their redress to the country’s Supreme Court. Gurung is legally recognized as a male in Nepal — unlike the US and the UK, where trans people are declared as the gender they chose. While Nepal’s laws have been changed to legally recognize same-sex marriages, other laws — such as those that involve child custody, property, and inheritance rights — have not been changed to reflect this update.

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