Nepal: Gay Marriage Law Working Through Parliament

22 Apr 2010

Nepal is set to become the first Asian nation to allow same-sex marriages. The country, which as recently as 2007 classified homosexuality as a crime, is even promoting gay weddings on Mount Everest in a bid to become the continent's premier gay tourism destination.

The government hopes its plans will help attract one million tourists next year, more than double the number that travelled to Nepal in 2009.

Sharat Singh Bhandari, Nepal's tourism minister, also hopes to hold elephant safaris for homosexual honeymooners. "We're completely changing this country," he told The Times "It's a newborn republic - and we want to showcase this change. We also want to re-establish tourism as a major industry."

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