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Mariela Castro praises President Obama for gay rights support

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  1. A ray of hope for Cuban rights I think.

  2. It would be good if Cuba could lead the way with a package of reforms to bring full LGBT equality. They are apparently moving in the right direction but pressure is always needed to bring progress.

  3. Great for Cuba.

    Great for Cuban US relations.

    Great to show the international spread of the message that LGBT rights matter and are happening and going to percolate across the globe.

    I do have a slight concern that some disingenuous Republicans especially log cabin republicans may try and manipulate this endorsement by saying “Would you vote for the same President that a Castro family member would?”.

    However, I think Obama is big enough and smart enough to deal with that childish and false tactic (if it is used)

  4. Do the Republicans ever do anything except steadfastly oppose every thing?

    Come on please… The early sixties was a long time ago… move on! get over it and develop a conscience over your opposition to civility and equal rights.

    Cuba has moved on as Mariela Castro ably demonstrates commending a US President… a gesture unthinkable over the years. Predictably the Rebublicans threw it back like a toy out of a crib.

    Cuba is a beautiful country and is demonstrating competent ability to change and address it’s injustices by example.

    1. Cuba is a beautiful country. I have enjoyed several visits to Havana.

      The Cuban people are beautiful people and there has been real change in the nation in the last 10 years.

      My anxiety is not about the Cuban situation but the republican manipulation of the endorsement.

      Being forewarned is forearmed in dealing with it.

  5. GingerlyColors 24 May 2012, 5:50pm

    It is time to welcome Cuba in from the cold and encourage them in their reforms. All trade embargoes with the island must end as they only punish the people, not the government. At the same time Cuba should allow their citizens freedom to travel, free speech and hopefully marriage equality. LGBT rights is one area where Cuba has made progress.

  6. Cuba may actually be in the most advantageous position in the adversity with the US! Trade embargoes which originally hurt it, allowed the forging of new trading partners. Free of the influences and disputes of the NAFTA, the country has survived in spite of America and the fall of communist countries support and finally seems to be prospering.

    Having built a strong Cuban tourism industry which other countries would envy, visitors and potential business partners around the world have recognized the unlimited opportunities as this beautiful country and people, once ruled with iron fist has relaxed encouraging entrepreneurs to flourish.

    But to the Republicans “Ignorance is Bliss!”

  7. Paddyswurds 25 May 2012, 8:30am

    @Stu…
    …I think the Republicans are beginning to realise their fatal mistake in hooking their race horse to the beat up old cart that is Fundi religion. They have for all intents and purposes lost the election. They don’t have a viable contender or even a possible running mate and the Party is being torn apart by the likes of Bill O’Reilly, Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin and Christine O’Donnell, in other words the tail is destroying the dog, or in this case the Elephant..

    1. Oh I think you are right, Paddyswurds

      I think Obamas place in history and his second term are safe.

      But, when animals feel cornered they lash out with attacks which are not always well thought out, planned or appropriate. Political animals do the same thing when they feel vulnerable. I suspect there will be a great deal of irrationality from the Republicans over the next few months.

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