At Flagstaff Pride, we are thrilled to celebrate and commemorate a momentous occasion in the global fight for LGBTQ+ rights. Nepal, a beautiful country in South Asia, has emerged as a trailblazer by becoming the second country in Asia to register same-sex marriages. This historic achievement not only marks a significant step forward for the LGBTQ+ community in Nepal but also inspires hope and progress for advocates of equality worldwide.

Acknowledging the Landmark Supreme Court Ruling: On June 28, 2023, Nepal’s Supreme Court delivered a landmark ruling that paves the way for marriage equality in the country. Justice Til Pradad Shrestha ordered the government to immediately begin registering same-sex marriages, enabling countless same-sex couples to legally formalize their love and commitment. This decision is a testament to Nepal’s commitment to upholding the rights of sexual minorities and promoting inclusivity.

A History of Upholding LGBT Rights: Nepal’s Supreme Court has earned widespread admiration for its consistent support of LGBT rights. Dating back to 2007, the court has issued rulings that called for legalizing same-sex marriage and granting equal recognition to all individuals based on the principle of equality. Despite delays in legislative action, the court’s unwavering dedication to justice has ensured progress in the fight for equality.

Nepal’s Commitment to Equality: Nepal’s 2015 constitution stands as a powerful symbol of the country’s commitment to equality and the rights of sexual minorities. The constitution explicitly prohibits gender discrimination and provides a strong foundation for promoting inclusivity and dismantling barriers faced by the LGBTQ+ community. This recent Supreme Court ruling aligns with the constitutional values of Nepal and reaffirms the importance of equal rights for all.

Celebrating Love, Progress, and Unity: This historic achievement in Nepal is a cause for celebration and inspiration. It sends a powerful message of love, acceptance, and equality that resonates far beyond the country’s borders. As we commemorate this significant milestone, we extend our heartfelt congratulations to all same-sex couples in Nepal who can now legally register their marriages and have their love recognized by the state.

A Call for Swift Legislative Action: While the Supreme Court’s ruling is a remarkable victory, it is crucial that the Nepalese government follows through with legislative action. The cabinet and parliament must expedite the process of amending the civil code to officially recognize and protect the rights of same-sex couples. By doing so, Nepal can continue to lead by example and set a precedent for other nations to follow in the pursuit of marriage equality.

At Flagstaff Pride, we stand in solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community in Nepal and celebrate their hard-fought triumph on the journey towards equality. Nepal’s historic achievement on marriage equality serves as a beacon of hope for LGBTQ+ individuals worldwide, reminding us that progress is possible, even in conservative regions. We commend the courage and resilience of activists, allies, and the Nepalese LGBTQ+ community who have tirelessly advocated for love, acceptance, and equal rights. As we honor this significant moment, let us continue the global fight for LGBTQ+ rights and work together towards a more inclusive and just world. Love is love, and we are proud to stand with Nepal.