Gay couple married by Hindu priest in Nepal

A Hindu priest performed the first wedding ceremony in Nepal for a foreign gay couple, a rights group said yesterday, as activists and tourist agencies increasingly promote the Himalayan nation as a gay-friendly destination.

The ceremony was held on Tuesday night in Kathmandu for Sanjay Shah, 42, a Briton from Leicester, and an Indian man who did not want to be identified, said Sunil Pant, a member of Nepal's parliament and the nation's most prominent gay activist.

Mr Pant's gay rights group, Blue Diamond Society, organised the ceremony and issued the pair a certificate for a $200 fee.