HAVANA, CUBA, May 14, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) – For all the negative backlash it has inspired, Barck Obama’s support for same-sex “marriage” has its share of supporters – such as the daughter of the Communist president of Cuba.
Mariela Castro called Obama’s speech, which cited the Golden Rule as his reason for redefining the family, “humane” and “understanding.” The daughter of Raul Castro and niece of Fidel – who stepped down as president in 2006 – said she hoped the American president’s “words will be taken seriously in the political and legislative decisions made in different states and in the whole world.”
She added, in the words of the Associated Press, “such statements by Obama and other politicians must be accompanied by concrete actions if they are to be made into reality.”
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Mariela, who heads Cuba’s National Center for Sex Education (CENESEX) and is a trained sexologist, led an LGBT activist parade on Saturday in Havana.
Some 400 transvestites sashayed behind Castro, doing a conga line through the streets, to celebrate the Fifth Cuban Day Against Homophobia, observed elsewhere on May 17.
Marchers shouted, “Down with homophobia! Long live sexual diversity!”
Castro kept up the drumbeat, saying Obama’s words “have great value because of the influence they might have” on others – and pressuring him to take translate them into action.
Meanwhile, she said her father favors same-sex “marriage” legislation, “but he has not made it public.” She told the crowd, “He has done some advocacy work, speaking of the need to make progress in terms of rights based on sexual orientation and gender identity.”
“I am not going to pressure him to say things publicly, because I am more interested in concrete results,” she said.
She hinted Cuba may legalize same-sex civil unions, though not “marriage,” as early as July. Legalizing full “marriage” would require a change in the constitution. “That proposal will be made at an opportune moment,” she has said. “Right now changing the Family Code will be enough.”
The transformation marks one of the starkest changes since Fidel Castro took control of the island more than five decades ago – when homosexuals were regularly imprisoned.
An expert on Communism says this change signals a more concerted attack on the nuclear family, a pillar of Marxist doctrine.
“This is part of their anti-family strategy,” Dr. Paul Kengor, executive director of The Center for Vision and Values and a professor of political science at Grove City College, told LifeSiteNews.com. “Communists have always been against the family.”
Dr. Kengor, who writes about Communism in depth in his latest book Dupes: How America’s Adversaries Have Manipulated Progressives for a Century, said, ““Marx in The Communist Manifesto literally writes about the abolition of the family.”
He noted in Cuba and the Soviet Union, victorious Communist revolutionaries immediately liberalized divorce and abortion laws. “In fact, it was so bad that when Margaret Sanger made a trip there in 1934, she was shocked at the number of abortions that were going on in the Soviet Union.” Yet both nations were “militantly anti-homosexual” until recent times.
Fidel Castro eventually apologized for his repression of the island’s homosexuals. Now, his niece leads the charge for homosexual marriage and adoption.
Dr. Kengor said the Communists often change party line discipline at the drop of a hat. What this shows, he told LifeSiteNews, is when the Marxist desire to break the bonds of the natural family collide with cultural rejection of homosexuality, “it is the Communist war on traditional morality and faith and the family, that wins out.”
Mariela Castro has couched her crusade for gay rights in revolutionary jargon. Earlier this month, she said Cuba needs to be “more revolutionary” in its treatment of homosexuals. “It pains me that even in revolution, Cuba is not as revolutionary as we would like,” she admitted. She deemed Argentina’s legalization of same-sex “marriage” and other “gender identity” laws “so advanced, so democratic.”
She has championed a measure allowing homosexual civil unions, which she believes will pass this year, although she is “sad to say is not everything that we would have hoped for.”
She said at the time, “We have inherited a patriarchal family model. We are not capable of breaking with it and we must do so.”
That revolutionary process is being underwritten by the American taxpayer. In 2011, the State Department spent $300,000 promoting homosexual activism in Cuba. The funds went “to strengthen grassroots organizations to create the conditions that allow meaningful and unhindered participation by members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community in all aspects of Cuban society.”
The Cuban Communist Party Congress pledged in January “to fight against all forms of discrimination, including against sexual discrimination, and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and sexual identity.”
The same revolutionary process holds true abroad. The Socialist Party USA’s national platform calls for “the legalization of same-sex marriage.”