In recent years the US has been falling further and further behind in the Human Rights pack. And now it looks like Cuba is about to pass us by.
From the BBC:
It is Raul's daughter, Mariela Castro.
The proposed legislation would recognise same-sex unions, along with inheritance rights. It would also give transsexuals the right to free sex-change operations and allow them to switch the gender on their ID cards, with or without surgery.
She says that her father is supportive of her work, although he advises her to move slowly.
"I've seen changes in my father since I was a child. I saw him as macho and homophobic. But as I have grown and changed as a person, so I have seen him change."
Mariela's mother, the late Vilma Espin, was an internationally recognised champion of women's rights.