WILL GAY MARRIAGE COME TO CUBA?
BY MATT KEELEY ON NOVEMBER 5, 2015
While marriage equality is currently illegal in Cuba, it may not stay
that way for long. At this year's Pride festival in May, activists
staged a symbolic mass gay wedding, and one of Cuba's leading LGBTQ
activists is Mariela Castro, daughter of President Raul Castro (and
niece of Cuba's previous long-term leader, Fidel Castro). She is also
the director of the Cuban National Center for Sex Education in Havana
(or CENESEX), and is a sitting member of Cuba's parliament, the National
Assembly of People's Power.
Ms. Castro says her father also supports same-sex marriage, however a
bill submitted to Parliament to make it legal has been stalled since
2014. However, a new campaign, "Nosotros también amamos" ("We Also
Love"), which takes advantage of the processes (link in Spanish) laid
out by the Cuban Constitution for citizens to propose legislation.
According to Cuban law, issues may be brought to legislation via working
their way up from neighborhood assemblies to the municipal level, from
there to the provincial level, finally up to the national level. It is
hoped that the issue can move forward in Parliament with the backing of
the citizenry combined with CENESEX and Ms. Castro's efforts.
Nosotros también amamos has been organized by the LGBTQ organization La
Corriente Martiana, but has been endorsed by two other LGBTQ
organizations, the Cuban Foundation for LGBT Rights and the social media
group Shui Tuix.
The campaign officially begins on December 1, and the three groups are
distributing pamphlets with directions on bringing this issue before the
different levels of government, and the proposal is available online at
Facebook (link in Spanish).
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