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Nepal: Religious leaders remain silent over legalisation of LGBT rights

A gay lawmaker in Nepal has said that not a single religious group has made a complaint following a decision by the government to grant equal rights to LGBT citizens. In May, The Home Ministry of Nepal agreed to grant citizenship to those identifying themselves as LGBT.\n

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1st September 2012 08:17

Alessia Valenza | ILGA Asia

In an interview with Asia Times Online, openly gay lawmaker, Sunil Babu Pant, drew comparisons with other countries, where religious opposition to equal rights for LGBT people has been massive.

He said that in other countries, religious groups were: ”Into everything except religion itself, but in Nepal, religious institutions have remained pretty pure, and are more focused on the religious aspect.”

The situation in Nepal was a stark contrast with the equivalent in Delhi three years ago, where, upon the legalisation of LGBT rights, Hindus and Muslims, typically opposed to one another, joined forces to attack the decision by their government.

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