The 20 symbolic weddings, that were honored by hundreds of supporters, were the first in a week-long series of events that will run through May 17 to commemorate the International Day Against Homophobia.
Mariela Castro, sexologist, activist, and the daughter of President Raul Castro, is spearheading the gay rights activities scheduled for this week. "We must ensure that the Cuban society as a whole is sensitized to these issues, they must be educated and understand," she said.
Last year, Cuba approved a clause in the labor law prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation in the workplace. Her next goal is the legalization of gay marriage. A few years ago, a bill to legalize same-sex civil unions was presented to the Cuban government, but has been on hold in legal limbo ever since.