Demand for legalizing same-sex marriage

KATHMANDU, Dec 9: Stakeholders concerned have demanded a law related to same-sex marriage in the context when Nepal’s constitution and laws have accepted the concept of marital equality.

At an interaction programme held with media about the issue of gender identity and sexual orientation by an organisation named Yubalaya here today, the demand came as a prompt need of the time by the people concerned. 

The complaint of homosexuals was that they were deprived of marriage by choice in the absence of the legalization of same-sex marriage which according to them is the deprivation of fundamental rights guaranteed by the constitution.

Blue Diamond Society programme Officer Anuj Peter said though the constitution has promised to make special provisions for protection, empowerment or development of gender and sexual minorities, such vows are yet to be executed in practice. Peter who identifies himself as a homosexual share that he has been legally denied to marry a man of his choice.

Yubalaya Chair Sabin Singh highlighted the need of support from media and civil society to address the issue of gender identity and sexual monitories regarding same-sex marriage law.

The participants of the programme put their queries about marital equality, broader sexual education and safe abortion. As told by the Society, to date, 30 countries across the world have legalized same-sex marriage and endorsed a law towards that end and the Netherlands was the first country to legalise it in the end of 2000.