Greater equality could be on the cards for the LGBTI community in Cuba following new proposed amendments to Cuba’s constitution that could potentially extend marriage rights to same-sex couples.
Gay Cuban blogger Francisco Rodríguez Cruz, who writes under the pen name Paquito el de Cuba, writes that the proposed amendment would not only “redefine marriage as a voluntary union into which two people who are legally eligible can enter,” but also incorporate “the principle of nondiscrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.”
The proposed amendment follows comments made by the Director of Cuba’s National Center for Sexual Education (CENESEX), Mariela Castro, who is the daughter of former Cuban President Raúl Castro, who explained to reporters in May 2018 that her organisation planned to submit proposals to the Cuban National Assembly in support of marriage and other rights for LGBTI Cubans.
Castro’s comments which followed on from a number of pro-marriage equality campaigns that several independent LGBTI advocacy groups had previously launched in Cuba and is now seen as a catalyst for the proposed amendment.
News of the proposed equality has been met with some hostility particularly from religious groups including five Evangelical church groups that last month publicly expressed their opposition to marriage rights for same-sex couples.
Cuba’s National Assembly will soon debate the proposed amendment and other changes to the Cuban constitution. Should Cuba obtain marriage equality the nation will become the first country in the Caribbean to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples.