After months of legal challenges Maya Gurung and Surendra Pandey registered their marriage, giving hope to other same-sex couples in the south Asian country
The dancing continued until the early hours. Family and friends – and Suru the dog – gathered in western Nepal to mark the joyful end to what had been a historic day for Maya Gurung and Surendra Pandey. On Wednesday, they became the first same-sex couple in south Asia to have their marriage legally recognised.
“Finally, we are completely together, finally we are completely each other’s, finally we can perform each other’s funeral if we die tomorrow,” Gurung, 37, a transgender woman, says as the couple sit in the register office in rural Dordi municipality, where she was born.
Written by Rojita Adhikari in Dordi
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2023/dec/01/we-can-have-a-beautiful-future-now-nepals-first-legally-married-same-sex-couple-celebrates under the title “‘We can have a beautiful future now’: Nepal’s first legally married same-sex couple celebrates”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.