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Wednesday, 19 September 2018 22:13

Cuban lawmakers approve marriage equality

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Cuba should become the next Latin American country to legalize marriage equality.

Indeed, the Cuban National Assembly approved a new definition of marriage in the constitution.

Cubans are debating to put a new constitution in place, and the section on marriage equality has attracted many comments.

Leaders of the Catholic and Evangelical church, the Cuban Evangelical Association, the Eastern and Western Baptist Conventions, the Methodist Church and the Evangelical Assembly of God, never ceased to criticize equal marriage.

“This change is the one that concerns many because ... the constitution ... could later lead to complementary laws that, for example, legalize marriage between two people of the same sex and allow them to adopt boys or girls, depriving them of a mother or father from birth,” Archbishop Dionisio García Ibáñez said.

But the good news is that lawmakers voted unanimously for the new constitution. So the definition of marriage will be changed. The “voluntary union between a man and woman” will be replaced by “the consensual union of two people, regardless of gender”.

A 70 year-old man, Pablo Navarro, who spent two years cutting sugarcane in a correctional labor camp in the 1960s because of his sexuality, said, “This is marvelous!”

He added, “I feel proud that the new generation can enjoy this achievement even though we couldn’t.”

Cuba is about to legalize marriage equality, a step closer to equality.

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