Cuba now allows same-sex marriage, and an LGBT march took place in South Africa despite terrorist threats.
Cuba’s Law Allows Same-Sex Marriage
Lisset Díaz and Liusba Grajales, standing erect and clad in long gala gowns despite the noon Cuban heat, calmly go up the 10 steps of the notary office, their fists clutched and quivering. Their two little girls are only a few steps ahead.
When they came out the doors over an hour later, the anxiety on their faces had been replaced by grins. They were spouses from that time on.
The island's new Family Code which allows for anything from equal marriage to surrogate moms went into force.
The pair, who have been together for seven years, is among the first to decide to legally marry in Cuba in accordance with the law.
"It's a big day," said Grajales to CBS News. "Love is love, just the way it is. Without imposition, without prejudice … I don't know whether I should laugh or cry. It's a mix of so many strong emotions."
LGBT March Takes Place In South Africa Despite Terrorist Threats
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More than 3,000 individuals attended South Africa's first Pride celebration since the recent COVID-19 outbreak affecting South Africa.
According to The Times Hub, participants at Pride honored the LGBT community despite a U.S. warning about a possible terrorist assault in the vicinity.
The U.S. government sent a warning about a possible assault in Johannesburg's Sandton neighborhood, where the march was taking place. South African officials expressed worry that the U.S. had not provided enough material to back up the supposed danger.
The march was not halted owing to any danger, according to the event's organizers.