Bil Browning

Cuba passes US in gay rights?

Filed By Bil Browning | March 02, 2007 1:53 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, You Gotta See This
Tags: America, civil rights, Cuba, George W. Bush, marriage, New Jersey, USA Today

Okay - you gotta see this. This would mean, what, Mexico, Canada and even CUBA would recognize our relationships - but not our own government...

When it comes to gay rights, is Cuba inching ahead of USA? From USA Today

"We have to abolish any form of discrimination against those persons," said Ricardo Alarcon, president of Cuba's National Assembly. "We are trying to see how to do that, whether it should be to grant them the right to marry or to have same-sex unions."

Alarcon said he expects Cuba's communist government will soon enact a law to do one or the other. "We have to redefine the concept of marriage," he said. "Socialism should be a society that does not exclude anybody."

This awakening comes less than a year after President Bush renewed his call for a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage. "Our policies should aim to strengthen families, not undermine them, and changing the definition of marriage would undermine the family structure," Bush said in June.

Just one state, Massachusetts, allows gay marriages. And only four permit some form of same-sex union, which falls short of the definition of marriage but lets gay couples have some legal rights.

How ironic is this? While a country that successive U.S. governments have called a totalitarian state is moving toward expanding the rights of gays and lesbians, the president of the United States -- the world's leading democracy -- wants to restrict their rights.

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Marla R. Stevens | April 11, 2007 7:12 PM

Another reason to emigrate to Canada -- the ability to vacation in Cuba.