On December 21, 2007, the Supreme Court of Nepal ordered the government to extend homosexual and transgendered people the same rights and privileges as other citizens. Homosexual and transgendered people face heavy discrimination in conservative Nepal, where so-called "unnatural sex" was illegal and is punishable by jail time. The ruling came in a response to a petition filed by Nepal's main gay rights group, the Blue Diamond Society. The court later ruled that disallowing same-sex marriage violated the Nepalese Constitution. The ruling has yet to be enforced.
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