Nepal records its first official same-sex marriage in Lamjung

Kathmandu: In a groundbreaking development, the first-ever registration of a same-sex marriage has taken place in Lamjung’s Dordi Rural Municipality.

On Wednesday, Ram Bahadur Gurung and Surendra Pandey, the groom and bride, officially recorded their union under the legal framework.

The certificate for the same-sex marriage was issued by Ward No. 2 of the rural municipality, marking a significant milestone for the LGBTQ+ community in Nepal.

This historic event follows an interim order issued by the Supreme Court, paving the way for the legal registration of such marriages.

Surendra from Kawasoti Municipality-8 in Nawalparasi and Ram Bahadur from Ward No. 2 of Dordi rural municipality in Lamjung solemnized their marriage in accordance with the court’s directive.

Prior to the registration, both Ram Bahadur and Surendra had submitted their details to the National Identification and Registration Department.

Following the department’s instructions based on the Supreme Court’s order, they completed the temporary record-keeping process before finalizing their marriage registration.

This landmark registration not only reflects a legal recognition of same-sex unions but also signifies a step towards societal inclusivity and acceptance.

The rural municipality’s decision to register the marriage and the subsequent compliance with the Supreme Court’s directives further emphasize the evolving social landscape and the promotion of diversity within communities.