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Mariela Castro, daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro, leads gay rights march in Havana


HAVANA -- The daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro said during a rousing gay rights march Saturday that her father advocated eliminating sexual discrimination, and reiterated her own hope the country would soon legalize same sex marriage

Mariela Castro, a noted gay rights advocate and head of Cuba's National Center for Sex Education, also repeated her praise for U.S. President Barack Obama's public remarks in favor of same sex marriage, saying the American leader's words "have great value because of the influence they might have" on others.

Still, she said Obama needed to back his words with action. While the U.S. president voiced support for same sex marriage, there were no plans in the U.S. to get behind federal legislation to mandate states to recognize such unions.

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CUBA is more progressive then the world gives them credit for. It is time the U.S. revise the immigration status and other sanctions it has imposed to them while FIDEL was in power. Mario, Lincoln and Marco? don't you think its time?

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