Cuba’s Constitutional Redraft to Possibly Legalize Gay Marriage

Cuba’s legislative National Assembly is making changes to their 1976 Soviet-era constitution, and have approved a draft of the constitution that defines marriage as “the consensual union between two people, regardless of gender.”  

The draft will be submitted to the Cuban people from Aug. 13 to Nov. 15 for approval before the National Assembly finalizes the decision. The action has not come without resistance, however — five Cuban evangelical churches are fighting for the change to be abolished. Their conjoined social network statement argued that marriage is “a divine institution, created by God … exclusively the union of a man and a woman,” said the Miami Herald.  

Cuba’s past has not been friendly to the LGBT community, most notably Castro’s ‘correctional’ gay labor camps in the 60’s, but current Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel hopes for change.  

“Every Cuban will be able to freely express his opinions and contribute to reach a constitutional text that reflects the today and the future of the country. There is not much left to say, but to do, to solve, correct, strengthen and create,” he said. 

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