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01/19/2010

After world's exhausting marriage march, now they want us to hike a damn mountain?

by Jeremy Hooper

6A00D8341C503453Ef012876F1Dddc970C-1Nepal is on the verge of legalizing same-sex marriage. And it just so happens that Nepal is in need of some touri$t$. So naturally the Asian nation is looking upward and seeing 'mo potential:

The country's new constitution will legalise homosexual marriage in May this year, when "Pink Mountain" will begin offering luxury honeymoon and wedding packages.

Sunil Babu Pant, a Communist legislator and leader of the country's homosexual rights movement, has launched a travel company dedicated to promoting the former Hindu kingdom to gay tourists in an effort to tap the so-called "Pink Pound" and dollar.

The company will offer elephant-back bridal processions, Everest base camp ceremonies and weddings in remote Tibetan enclaves in the Himalayan republic.

Nepal 'to stage gay weddings on Everest' [Telegraph]

Makes sense. As someone who recently married, I know the pretty penny price tag attached to weddings. Being pro-equality is not only right, principled, decent, fair, loving, constitutional, historically secure, insightful, sweet, and legacy-emboldening -- it's also just smart business!

But hey, I'm sure those Americans who stand on street corners holding "protect traditional marriage" signs add value to local economies too. Poster board is pricey these days!

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I'm sorry. The nads can't deal with those icey Summers. I'd rather tie the knot someplace more cosy, like the back of Bombay heifer.

Posted by: Wilberforce | Jan 19, 2010 7:11:25 PM

And the conservatives call themselves pro-business! That's okay, though. The few states that allow gay marriage will just have to suck up the tourism dollars and leave Jesusland to wither.

Posted by: The Watcher | Jan 19, 2010 7:42:57 PM

Watcher: My wedding actually highlights the economic exportation issue to a T. My husband and I would have married in NYC. In fact, we found a venue about five years ago that we desperately wanted to use. But rather than perform our unions, our state has an absurd "recognize but not perform" situation, forcing us to take all of the cash across the state line to CT. The only thing we bought in NYC were clothes -- every other dollar went to CT vendors/caterers/venues/etc.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Jan 19, 2010 7:52:24 PM

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