Cuba has caved to evangelical and public pressure to remove language from their new constitution defining marriage as a union between “two people… with absolutely equal rights and obligations,” staying silent about marriage instead.
“This was a side step,” gay Communist Party blogger Francisco Rodriguez said on the government’s neutrality. “It’s a solution. Not ‘between a man and a woman’ or ‘between two people.’ Now is when it all begins.”
This compromise allows for the possibility of the legalization of gay marriage in the future.
“The draft constitution will not define which parties enter into a marriage...so that is now out of constitutional reform discussions overall," Council of State secretary and drafting coordinator Homero Acosta said according to state media, The Telegraph reported.
According to NBC News, gay rights advocates had proposed removing the description of marriage as a union of a man and woman, to non-discriminatory language instead, attracting protests from evangelical churches and ordinary citizens in months of public meetings on the new constitution.
State media said there were 192,408 comments on this portion of the draft, Article 68, and most were in favor of it being removed, according to Pride News.
Cuba’s National Assembly announced on Twitter that a powerful commission responsible for revising the constitution has proposed eliminating the language from the new charter “as a way of respecting all opinions.”
The constitutional commission is headed by Communist Party head and former president Raul Castro. The new version of the Cuban constitution will be put in front of the people of Cuba for final approval in early 2019.