Cuba Backing Same Sex Marriage?

I was recently contacted by Ben Johnson of LifeSiteNews, who told me of a fascinating development.He informed me of a curious fan of President Obama’s advocacy of gay marriage: Mariela Castro, niece of ailing and aging Cuban tyrant, Fidel Castro, and daughter of current despot, Raul Castro.

Mariela Castro

Ben knows that my area of research is the communist movement. I had just published an article on the longstanding Marxist/communist position against traditional marriage. I quoted Karl Marx on the “abolition of the family” and underscored the anti-family actions of communists historically and worldwide, from the Bolsheviks in Russia to Communist Party USA (CPUSA) to communist nations generally—such as Cuba.

Importantly, I noted a key exception to the Marxist/communist assault on the institution of marriage: As I said, the Russians certainly were not stumping for gay marriage. Joe Stalin was no gay-rights crusader. Neither was Fidel Castro. To the contrary, communist regimes tended to be militantly anti-homosexual. In Cuba, Castro locked up homosexuals as public menaces, putting them in prison or lunatic asylums.

Thus, for Raul Castro’s daughter to publicly support gay marriage is quite remarkable. Specifically, Mariela Castro called President Obama’s statement on gay marriage “humane” and “understanding,” said it has “great value,” and wished that his words “will be taken seriously in the political and legislative decisions made in different states and in the whole world.”

Again, this is striking. Here is a high-level Cuban communist official publicly pushing not only for gay rights but gay marriage.

As Ben Johnson reported, Mariela, a “trained sexologist,” heads the Cuban National Center for Sex Education. In Havana in broad daylight, she led an “LGBT” parade, where, as Johnson reported: “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!’”

This scene was once unthinkable in Cuba.

Even more eye-opening, Mariela maintains that her uncle favors same-sex marriage, “but he has not made it public.” More than that, she says Fidel is a closet gay-rights advocate: “He has done some advocacy work, speaking of the need to make progress in terms of rights based on sexual orientation and gender identity.”

To hasten “gay marriage,” Mariela says Cuba will be changing its “Family Code” and “constitution.”

In short, this is an amazing turnabout. What’s going on? Why this sudden conversion by Castro and communist Cuba? Does this make sense?

Yes, it does. The root of the answer, once again, is the Marxist/communist assault on marriage. Led either by the spirit of the times or by another spiritual force that has long led communists, the communist priority is not gay rights but a continued assault on the family. It’s an assault on an institution both ancient and Biblical. As ex-communist Whittaker Chambers liked to say, the communist worldview is grounded in the first sin at the Garden of Eden, when man and woman, first joined by God, were separated by the Evil One: “Ye shall be as gods.”

For atheistic communists, this is just the latest slap in a century-long sustained bludgeoning of marriage and the family. Faced with a conflict between their penchant for persecuting the family and persecuting homosexuals, the communist war on traditional morality and faith and family won out, thus dictating a sudden embrace of gay marriage (at least in Cuba). As long as the traditional family is destroyed, Marxism is advanced. Communists will do whatever they need to destroy the family; “gay marriage” seems the latest device.

Karl Marx, 1818-1883

In the Communist Manifesto, Marx characterized the communist goal of “abolition of the family” as revolutionary, “the most radical rupture with traditional relations.” Indeed, Mariela Castro speaks of her new cause as “revolutionary.” She wants to break the “patriarchal family model.”

No doubt, Mariela sees President Obama’s support of same-sex marriage as a step in rupturing that family model.

Finally, an interesting coda to this story: Ben Johnson reports that this “revolutionary process” in Cuba is being underwritten by American taxpayers. He says that 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.”

Moreover, Mariela Castro was granted a visa to visit the United States for a conference in San Francisco. The visa was granted by Hillary Clinton’s State Department.

When I first heard about the visa, I figured it was merely another example of the Obama administration going soft on communist regimes. Now, however, given Mariela’s kinship with President Obama on gay marriage, maybe there’s more to the story—a lot more.

Dr. Paul Kengor

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Dr. Paul Kengor is professor of political science at Grove City College and executive director of The Center for Vision & Values. His books include “The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism” and “Dupes: How America’s Adversaries Have Manipulated Progressives for a Century.”

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  • Vitto

    thumbs up for Cuba.

  • Mfernand1817

    Thumbs down foe Cuba.

  • mate

    You are so wrong.

  • MVoisinet1

    These same sex couples most certainly should not engage in any kind of same sex relationship at all period. Homosexuality is not only contrary to Biblical teachings it is also in direct contradiction of Gods Laws as well. Homosexuality is considered sodomy.

    Sodomy is also in direct contradiction of Gods Laws. A man shall not engage in sexual intercourse with a man. Nor shall a woman engage in sexual intercourse with a woman.

    If you want my honest opinion I think that all same sex marriages should be abolished completely. Those are my sentiments exactly. God has instituted marriage between a man and a woman and the procreation of children.

    And it shall not be violated in any way,shape,or form. What these particular individuals are doing is totally defiling the marriage bed as a direct result of their most despicable acts. What these particular individuals are doing is not only in direct contradiction of Gods Laws it is also in direct violation of human nature as well.

    If God would have intended for men to be totally engaged in a same sex marriage He would have created Adam and Steve and not Adam and Eve. In the Catholic Church they always emphasize that same sex couples deserve respect and concern. They further contend that you should hate the sin but love the sinner.

    Sure,we should love and respect these particular individuals. But we must completely refrain from any further association with the particular individuals at all times. Yes,we should love and forgive these particular individuals.

    But we must be completely leery of them each and every time. In the Catholic Church homosexuality is a mortal sin. And you most certainly should not receive the Sacraments if you are in the state of mortal sin.

    If in the event that you do receive the Sacraments while in the state of mortal sin you are most certainly receiving them unworthily. And you are most certainly receiving them under very false pretenses. If you so desire to receive the Sacraments once again you must go to confession on Saturday Afternoon and confess your sins to God.

    And you must make full amends for what you have done. After you have received full absolution for your sins and are truly repentant of them then you will be deemed worthy to receive the Sacraments and not before. You must fully resolve not to commit the same sins over and over again.

    As the old saying goes: Action do speak louder than words. Showing that you are truly sorry is much more important than the actual words used.

    Homosexuality refers to relations between men or between women who experience an exclusive or predominate sexual attraction toward persons of the same sex. It has taken a great variety of forms through the centuries and in different cultures. It’s psychological genesis remains largely unexplained. Basing itself on Sacred Scripture,which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity,tradition has always declared that homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered. They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.

    The number of men and women who have deep seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. This inclination,which is objectively disordered,constitutes for most of them a trial. They must be accepted with respect,compassion,and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God’s will in their lives and,if they are Christians,to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord’s Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition.

    Homosexual persons are called to chastity. By the virtues of self mastery that teach them inner freedom,at times by the support of disinterested friendship,by prayer and sacramental grace,they can and should gradually and resolutely approach Christian perfection.

    Leviticus 18:22: You will not have intercourse with a man as you would with a woman. This is a hateful thing.

    Let us all pray that homosexuality will come to an abrupt end effective immediately.

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