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Cuba could pass legislation allowing same-sex marriage later this year, according to the daughter of President Raúl Castro.
Mariela Castro, the country’s premier sexologist, made the remarks one day after US President Barack Obama’s endorsement of gay marriage, but said Cuba still needs to be “more revolutionary” in its treatment of gays.
Ms Castro said she “has the hope that this year” parliament will pass legislation to legalise gay marriage in Cuba, although the bill under debate by lawmakers here “sad to say is not everything that we would have hoped for.”
Castro looked to another of its neighbours, Argentina, as the model after which she would have liked to pattern Cuba’s gay rights agenda.
She praised the fact that Buenos Aires legalised gay marriage back in 2010, and as well as the passage by the Argentine Senate on Wednesday of a “sexual identity” bill allowing transvestites and transgendered people to choose how their sex is reported on official documents.
“The legislation in Argentina is so advanced, so democratic,” she said in remarks made at a public forum here. “It pains me that even in revolution, Cuba is not as revolutionary as we would like.”
The daughter of President Raul Castro and the niece of former President Fidel Castro, Castro runs Cuba’s National Center for Sex Education (CENESEX).
She is an outspoken advocate for the rights of homosexuals and transsexuals in Cuba.
She praised Cuba’s Communist Party Congress held in January for having resolved “to fight against all forms of discrimination, including against sexual discrimination, and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and sexual identity.”
“It’s a hugely important first step,” she said.
Source: The Telegraph UK