Catholic church tells Cuba to reject same-sex marriages

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The Catholic Church has encouraged Cubans to oppose a constitutional change to the Constitution in order to extend the definition of marriage to include same-sex couples. After being approved by the country’s legislative assembly in July as part of a broader constitutional reform, the text’s new version must be approved by the Cubans through the public vote. The archbishop of Santiago de Cuba, Dionisio García Ibáñez, called on Cubans to defend the definition of marriage as the union between a man and a woman in a long letter in which he said that same-sex marriage is unfamiliar to Cubans and it does not reflect their values. He claimed it stemmed instead from the “cultural imperialism” of powerful countries who use globalisation “to create a uniform culture that accepts and adopts its criteria (while) disqualifying those of others,” a practice he compared to “ideological colonialism.” The same idea is promoted by anti-LGBT evangelicals who spread their views via leaflets in mailboxes.

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