Castro’s daughter endorses Obama, calls on Cuba to address LGBT rightsTop Highlights, Around the World Thursday, June 14th, 2012
(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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