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Castro’s daughter endorses Obama, calls on Cuba to address LGBT rights

Mariela Castro Espin

(CNN) – The daughter of Cuba’s president supports the re-election bid of President Barack Obama, but believes he could do more were it not for the pressures he is facing, she said in an interview broadcast recently on CNNi’s Amanpour.

“As a citizen of the world, I would like him to win,” said Mariela Castro Espin, daughter of Raul Castro, in the exclusive interview, which was conducted in New York. “Given the choices, I prefer Obama.”

The 49-year-old gay rights activist said that Obama has been constrained in his ability to effect change. “He wants to do much more than what he’s been able to do,” she said. “That’s the way I interpret it personally. I don’t know if I’m being objective.”

Castro said that sexual orientation and gender identification are among the rights that Communist Cuba still needs to address. A bill legalizing civil unions, not same-sex marriage, has been proposed, “However, this hasn’t happened as yet,” she said. “And people who are in same-sex couples do not have any protection in that sense.”

She predicted the legislature would address the matter, which her father has not opposed, this year.

Castro said the nation had learned to acknowledge and correct past mistakes after its aggressive quarantine policy for HIV-positive men and women during the early years of the AIDS epidemic was abandoned in 1993.



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3 Comments for “Castro’s daughter endorses Obama, calls on Cuba to address LGBT rights”

  1. Humberto Capiro

    TRY GOING TO MARIELA CASTRO’S “BLOG” AND LEAVE A COMMENT! THERE IS NOT OPTION TO DO THAT! WHAT IS SHE SO AFRAID OF?? AND WHY CAN SHE COME TO THE BAD OLD U.S.A. AND YOANI SANCHEZ CANNOT GET THE O.K. FROM THE CUBAN “GOVERNMENT” TO TRAVEL OUT OF CUBA, 19 TIMES SHE HAS TRIED?? HYPOCRISY? CASTRO OLIGARCHY? OF COURSE! YOANI LAST NAME IS NOT RELATED TO THE CASTRO FAMILY!
    EL BLOG DE MARIELA CASTRO link
    http://elblogdemarielacastro.blogspot.com/

  2. I’m Cuban, and I’m gay. I think Mariela is using a gay community for personal interest. Why many transsexuals that was part of Mariela group and abandoned Cuba are no allow to go back to Cuba and visited theirs family? What happen to the transgender Wendy Iriepa? Wendy just love a man that is not a communist, and only for this Mariela Castro go against her. Why the LGTB Cuban community that is not part of Mariel group can have their own space????

  3. Mariela is no Gay Rights advocate! She is merely using “pre approved” and “government sanctioned” LGBT Cubans. The only gay rights in cuba are for those who support the regime. Lets not be fooled by the words of the daughter of a brutal dictator. Im an Obama democrat but we must not allow these meaningless words from a charlatan, confuse treachery with progress.

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