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Castro’s daughter sponsors blessing of Cuban same-sex couples

Saturday, May 9, 2015
Rev. Roger LaRade, of the Eucharistic Catholic Church in Canada, blesses a gay couple as they lean in to kiss each other in Havana, Cuba, Saturday, May 9, 2015.
Nearly two dozen gay couples held hands or embraced, some crying, as Protestant clergymen from the U.S. and Canada blessed them as part of official ceremonies leading up to the Global Day against Homophobia on May 17. [...]

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Mariela Castro breaks tradition in fight for greater LGBT, HIV protections

Tuesday, August 19, 2014
In this May 10, 2014, file photo, Mariela Castro, daughter of Cuba's President Raul Castro, center, marches in a parade marking the upcoming International Day Against Homophobia, in Havana, Cuba. policy in parliament.
HAVANA -- Yet another revolutionary tradition has been broken in Cuba: A lawmaker voted "no" in parliament. And it wasn't just any lawmaker. Mariela Castro, the daughter of President Raul Castro and niece of Fidel Castro, gave the thumbs-down to a workers' rights bill that she felt didn't go far [...]

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