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Parliament in Cuba approves new constitution with freedom of expression, same sex marriages

Staff Writer | July 23, 2018
The National Assembly of People's Power approved the holding from August 13 to November 15 of this year of a consultation on the draft Constitution of the Republic, a transcendental step before the final referendum.
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At the Havana Convention Center, after the two-day debate on the constitutional draft, in which more than a hundred legislators took part, the Parliament unanimously, approved the proposed Magna Carta, as amended.

In exclusive statements to the Cuban News Agency, Darianna Beatriz Acuña, deputy for Matanzas, reaffirmed that the discussion of the draft bill in the Assembly was the first step for the people to express their opinions on the draft Magna Carta.

The people will have the responsibility of giving continuity to the study of the text, which should be carried out with moderation and responsibility, in order to issue criteria on the socialist project, he argued.

Cuban legislators on Sunday provided assessments of the rights, duties and guarantees included in the draft Constitution, including those related to marriage and the replacement of the concept of "freedom of speech" with "freedom of expression".

Speaking at the conference, Daicar Saladrigas, a deputy for the municipality of Camagüey, suggested modifying the term that appears in Article 53 of the current Magna Carta, endorsed in 1976.

Her proposal, accepted by all those present, raises the need to transform the wording of this paragraph so that it is written "freedom of expression", in line with its use in international standards, and in line with the recently approved communication policy in the country.

That the constitutional reform contemplates a more inclusive vision based on the human rights of marriage is a wonderful achievement, the result of learning from the Cuban revolutionary process, said Mariela Castro Espín, director of the National Center for Sexual Education (CENESEX).

After an in-depth debate on the issue during the second day of work of the National Assembly, the expert highlighted the fact that the deputies debated the issue and accepted article 68 of the preliminary draft of the Magna Carta.

This paragraph recognizes marriage as "the voluntary consensual union between two persons with legal aptitude for it", which is a sign of the sustained work of the politics of the Revolution.