Mariela Castro: Marriage Is Not A Priority For Gay Couples In Cuba

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Mariela Castro, daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro and niece of Fidel Castro, says marriage is not a priority for gay couples in Cuba.

Last year, Castro introduced a proposal to legalize civil unions for gay couples. The measure has yet to reach the National Assembly.

“The vast majority of gay and lesbian people are interested in the legalization of consensual unions to have economic rights, that is what really affects them, because in Cuba the majority of straight people do not get married. Not a priority,” Castro said in an interview with Spanish news agency AFP.

She added that her measure would provide “options” for gay couples similar to those available to straight couples.

Castro made her comments as she attended a regional conference on Latin American population and development held in Montevideo, Uruguay.

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