Despite Family Code ‘referendum,’ Castro dictatorship can’t pink wash its historical persecution of gay Cubans

The communist Castro dictatorship’s spurious legalization of gay marriage will not erase the regime’s history of rounding up gay Cubans into concentration camps and ongoing persecution of homosexuals. Despite their “Family Code” law and their so-called referendum, the homophobic regime can’t pink wash its history or the truth.

Via Notes from the Cuban Exile Quarter:

Cuba’s new Family Code won’t pink wash away the communist regime’s ideological aversion to homosexuality

“We would never come to believe that a homosexual could embody the conditions and requirements of conduct that would enable us to consider him a true revolutionary, a true communist militant.” … A deviation of that nature clashes with the concept we have of what a militant communist should be.” – Fidel Castro, 1965

The Castro regime held a “referendum” on September 25, 2022 to pass a government-backed “family code” that would allow same-sex couples to marry and adopt. It also outlined the rights of children and grandparents. The new “family law” contains over 400 articles. Critics view it as an exercise in pink washing.

First, this is not a free and fair referendum. There have not been free elections in Cuba for 72 years. Last ones were in 1950. Batista’s 1952 coup ended regular free and fair elections. The Castros promised to restore them in 1959, but no free or fair elections were held over the next 63 years. Opposition political parties, and independent civil society were and continue to be outlawed.

What the Castro dictatorship calls a “referendum” has some peculiar characteristics. Can’t campaign for the position opposed by the government. No equal time in the public airwaves. This is a “vote” where a single option, the one advocated by the government, is permitted. Efforts to independently monitor voting at precincts to verify the official tally will get you harassed and shutdown by secret police.

Pinkwashing is “the practice of presenting something, particularly a state, as gay-friendly in order to soften or downplay aspects of its reputation considered negative.”

This is particularly ironic in the Cuban context with the current communist dictatorship.

The Cuban government’s leadership, who remain in power today, carried out anti-Gay draconian policies in the past, and they are the same ones now advocating for the change on gay marriage in the new family code.

There is a deep-seated homophobia at the heart of communist ideology that viewed homosexuality as a symptom of bourgeois or capitalist contamination. This resulted in the systematic repression of homosexuals in communist regimes such as China, Cuba, and the Soviet Union.

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