What Took LGBTQ-Friendly Nepal So Long To Say “I Do” To Same-Sex Marriage?

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03/23/2024

They met in the aftermath of a national tragedy. Love blossomed soon after. It was 2015 and an earthquake had devastated central Nepal. Social worker Tobias Volz had flown to Kathmandu from Germany to assist with relief efforts. Adheep Pokhrel grew up in Nepal and was working for an international nongovernmental organization. Each swiped right on the other’s profile on a dating app. Pokhrel was the first to message. Seven years later, in the summer of 2022 — following a whirlwind romance, a relationship proposal in Cambodia, a wedding ceremony in Volz’s home country of Germany, and a temporary move to Georgia — the couple found themselves at the immigration office in Kathmandu with a sheaf of documents in support of Volz’s non-tourist visa application.

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