The President of Cuba has officially confirmed publicly for the first time that he is in favour of legalising same-sex marriage in the nation’s new constitution.
The President’s comments which were made during an interview with the Telesur TV network have left LGBTI rights groups pleased and hopeful for change in the country.
“We’ve been going through a massive thought evolution and many taboos have been broken,” President Miguel Diaz-Canel stated.
Elaborating that he supports marriage “without any restrictions,” Diaz-Canel added that Cuba shouldn’t “give way to any kind of discrimination.”
Currently, in Cuba, marriage is defined as only being possible between “a man and a woman,” however, Cuba is today in the midst of amending their constitution, which could allow same-sex unions if the changes are approved, ensuring that legally, marriage will become simply a “union between two people.”
While the revised constitution was passed by the nation’s parliament in July 2018, the amended constitution is now undergoing a public consultation process.
The amended constitution will then be put to a final vote for approval in a national referendum in February 2019.