Well, it´s not just that. Since a few years we have seen some very positive political developments in favour of the possibility to legalise same sex marriage in Venezuela.
Almost since its beginning in Caracas in 2001, the LGBTI Pride has received both financial and logistics
Support from different public offices such as the Caracas Mayor Office and several national ministries. And, it´s become a tradition to receive officials from the National Ombudsperson Office and General Attorney, who have voiced support for inclusion and Human Rights of LGBTI people.
Besides, several political parties, even the one which sustains the current government, the PSUV (Venezuela´a United Socialist Party) which is the biggest one in Venezuela, have created instances of representation and mobilization of LGBTI supporters.
Voluntad Popular (VP, meaning “The Will of the People”), is currently organizing an internal social movement which represents LGBTI rights and interests and included in its official founding document mentions for inclusion of LGBTI people, being their slogan “All the rights for all”.
At the last commemoration of International Day against Homophobia in Caracas, marked with a small march through the streets of Caracas, attended a well known congresswoman of a center-right wing opposition party, Primero Justicia (PJ, Justice First), Dinorah Figuera, who is the formal president of the Commission on Familiy Affairs in the National Assembly (Venezuelan legislative) and she voiced the necessity “to legislate in favour of excluded minorities, especially in favour of LGBTI”.
A few days later, I was permitted to speak out in front of the parliamentary permanent commission on Internal Affairs and Human Rights, one of the most politically powerful within the National Assembly, and I announced that in the few months ahead, LGBTI movement in Venezuela will present a proposal to reform the national Civil Code in order to permit same sex marriage in Venezuela. The responses of some congressmen during the session were of respect and disposition to receive and to discuss this proposal.
In a final political observation, it seems to me that Venezuelan politicians are getting aware of the vote potential of the thriving LGBTI community in Venezuela. Because, despite the fact that most of us keep ourselves in the shadows of closet and fear, the national Pride March held every year in Caracas (other cities organize as well Pride march) is a clear demonstration that we want to be visible and we want to be finally included in Venezuelan society.
José Ramón Merentes Correa
Member of Union Afirmativa, devoted to achieve same sex marriage in Venezuela