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Cuba celebrates first same-sex marriages

Regional 31 Oct, 2022 Follow News

Liusba Grajales, left, and Lisset Diaz Vallejo got married

A Cuban lesbian couple that had been dating for seven years became one of the first same-sex couple to be legally married there last week.

Lisset Díaz and Liusba Grajales walked up the ten steps of the notary office, their hands clenched and shaking. An hour later they were officially wives.

Same-sex marriage became a possibility only a month ago when Cuba’s new Family Code - opening up everything from equal marriage to surrogate mothers - came into effect. The couple is one of the first to make the decision to get legally married in Cuba following the code. The code was approved after heavy campaigning by the Cuban government, and support by the most vocal advocate for gay rights on the island, Mariela Castro, the daughter of former president Raul Castro.

“It’s a big day,” said Liusba Grajales, a manager at the Central University of Las Villas, 150 miles from Havana. “Love is love, just the way it is. Without imposition, without prejudice ... I don’t know whether I should laugh or cry. It’s a mix of so many strong emotions.” Lisset Díaz, a 34-year-old dancer, shared her joy. “I feel proud. I´m amazed.”

Together, they live with their two daughters, Laura, 11, and three-year-old Ainhoa who was born by insemination at home because at the time they had no access to assisted fertility treatments because they didn’t have male partners.

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