Nepal to legalise homosexuality and same-sex marriages, says law minister

Nepal’s law ministry will soon present a bill in the country’s parliament to legalise homosexuality and allow same-sex marriages, Narahari Acharya, the country’s minister for law, justice, parliamentary affairs and constituent assembly, told Scroll.in.

Acharya is a member of Nepal’s constituent assembly, which is drawing up the country’s constitution and suggesting amendments to its legal code, the Muluki Ain. For now, the assembly also functions like a parliament.

“[The bill] shall be our effort to grant equal status to homosexual and heterosexual relationships,” he said in reply to questions from Scroll.in. “The Muluki Ain is 160 years old and the last serious amendment to was [made] 50 years ago. Efforts are under way to revise it and give it a new progressive face.”

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