Mariela Castro, the daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro has led thousands of Cubans who marched for LGBT rights and organised a number of ceremonial same-sex weddings this month.

Nearly two dozen couples exchanged symbolic vows as they received blessings from religious leaders.

The idea of the ceremony was inspired by a mass wedding last year of more than 100 couples in Toronto at a World Pride event.

In recent years, Cuba has made advances, approving sex-change operations and banning workplace discrimination, but it has not legalised gay marriage or civil unions.


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