Paul  Kengor

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.

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.