“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”
George Orwell, Animal Farm (1945)
Cuba Forever, Indiana Never: Cuomo Hypocrisy on Gay Rights Smells Like Politics Liz Mair writes on Dem blindness: Andrew Cuomo bans all non-essential, taxpayer-funded travel to Indiana but is heading to Cuba – at taxpayer expense, of course,
Cuba’s record on LGBT rights has improved over the years. However, it was so dismal to start with that this can hardly be surprising. Shortly after seizing power, the Castro regime sent tens of thousands of gay men to labor camps. It later forced HIV-positive people and those with AIDS into facilities in which they were separated against their will from the public-at-large.
Even after these worst abuses fell by the wayside, LGBT individuals as well as LGBT advocates in Cuba have faced ongoing harassment from government authorities in the form of detention, arrest, and physical assault. Cuba also initially opposed, then abstained from voting on, a 2010 UN proposal to treat “sexual orientation” as an especially objectionable motive for murder—a position it is hard to believe Cuomo would endorse.
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A 2013 report by the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association indicates that in Cuba, not only can people refuse to bake cakes for gay couples if they so desire, there is also no “constitutional prohibition of discrimination based on sexual orientation.” Only very recently did Cuba ban discrimination in employment against gays and lesbians.
Furthermore, in Cuba, same-sex couples enjoy none of the rights of marriage, let alone the ability to marry. Moreover, joint adoption is not an option for gay couples on the island. Gay couples in Cuba also lack the option of civil unions, domestic partnerships and similar arrangements.
Cuomo, once in Cuba, will likely be chaperoned by the official Communist sexologist and daughter of Raul Castro, Mariela, she who said the United States “must be dreaming” if it thinks easing sanctions would bring about a market economy.
I suggest that Cuomo read Before Night Falls: A Memoir before he lands in Cuba.
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