Cuba is set to become the next country in the world to fully legalize gay marriage after the island nation’s National Assembly agreed to reform the constitution. A draft of a new constitution was approved by the Caribbean nation’s legislative body on Sunday, Spanish newspaper El País reported. The draft also guarantees private property rights for the first time in decades, and it defines marriage as “the consensual union of two people, regardless of gender.” Cuba has been moving toward more open and tolerant approaches on gay rights issues for some time. Former President Raul Castro’s daughter Mariela Castro “runs an organization [National Center for Sex Education in Havana] that promotes respect for LGBTQ rights. The new constitution will “reportedly enshrine anti-discrimination provisions, including for LGBTQ people.”

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