The Supreme Court ordered the government to set up a seven-member committee to study same-sex partnership/marriage laws in other countries and recommend similar legislation for enactment by Nepal, where Hindus are the dominant religious group in a population of 27 million
The court also asked the government to ensure that the language of the new law does not discriminate against sexual minorities. It ruled that cross-dressing, for example, is not perversion but constitutes an individual’s freedom of expression.
“Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual … are natural persons irrespective of their masculine and feminine gender, and they have the right to exercise their rights and live an independent life in society,” the judges said in their ruling on Monday (Nov. 17), which came after four minority groups petitioned for legal rights for sexual minorities.
How cool is that?
First the King steps down, and now this. It’s nice to see people moving forward.