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In A Historic Moment, Nepal Has Registered Its First Ever Same-Sex Marriage

Maya Gurung, a trans woman, and Surendra Pandey, a man, have been together for almost a decade.

In a historic moment, Nepal has registered its first ever same-sex marriage.

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Surendra Pandey (L) and Maya Gurung, a transgender woman speak during an interview with AFP in Kathmandu. (Photo by PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP via Getty Images)

On Wednesday Nov. 29, Maya Gurung and Surendra Pandey became the first same-sex couple to officially register their marriage in the country.

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Surendra Pandey (L) and Maya Gurung, a transgender woman gesture during an interview with AFP in Kathmandu. (Photo by PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP via Getty Images)
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Maya Gurung, 35, (L) and Surendra Pandey, 27, (R) hold their marriage certificate after being legally registered as a same-sex marriage couple, becoming the first couple to receive the status in Kathmandu. (Photo by Skanda Gautam/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Gurung is a transgender woman and Pandey is a man.

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Surendra Pandey (L) and Maya Gurung, a transgender woman, pose for pictures in Kathmandu. (Photo by Prakash MATHEMA / AFP)

They have been together for almost 10 years, and held a wedding ceremony in 2017.

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Members of Nepal’sLesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, and Asexual (LGBTQIA+) community, Nepal’s same-sex couple Maya Gurung (R) and Surendra Panday (L) wearing traditional attire take part in a Pride Parade in Kathmandu. (Photo by PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP via Getty Images)

In June, Nepal became the world’s first least developed country to legalize same-sex marriage.

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Activists and youths from LGBTQI+ community takes part in the annual pride parade in Kathmandu, Nepal. (Photo by Rojan Shrestha/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Nepal has made significant progress in LGBTQ rights since 2007.

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Members of Nepal’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community take part in a Pride Parade in Kathmandu. (Photo credit should read PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP via Getty Images)

That year, it ended a ban on gay sex, introduced an official 3rd gender and made LGBTQ discrimination illegal.

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Members of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) community take part in Pride Parade in Kathmandu, Nepal. (Photo by Sunil Pradhan/NurPhoto)

Now it has become the second country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage after Taiwan.

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Nepalese revelers wearing colorful outfits dance during the pride parade of LGBTQIA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, intersexual, transgender, asexual). (Photo by Bivas Shrestha/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

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