The new Constitution of Cuba leaves no space for same-sex marriages

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Cuban director of the Cuban National Center for Sex Education (CENESEX) Mariela Castro, daughter of President Raul Castro, participates in a march against homophobia on May 14, 2016 in Havana. / AFP / YAMIL LAGE (Photo credit should read YAMIL LAGE/AFP/Getty Images)

As it was announced previously that Cuba had a plan to redefine the Cold War era Constitution to make it more modern and progressive, the local LGBT activists shared hopes that this progress could touch their rights, in part the right to marry. However, the Cuban lawmakers decided rather to eliminate the concept of marriage (no matter same-sex or opposite-sex) from the main law at all. “The Commission proposes to defer the concept of marriage, i.e. to leave it out of the constitutional draft, as a way to respect all opinions,” the tweet from the country’s legislative institution reads. It means that the offer to extend the definition of marriage to include same-sex couples was rejected. The evangelical and Catholic churches had already begun campaigning against the constitutional changes, which need to be approved in a popular referendum before being officially implemented. Efforts to modernise the 1976 constitution were initiated by the island’s new president Miguel Diaz-Canel, who is believed to be pro-LGBT.

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