With a referendum, Cuba says yes to same-sex marriages and adoptions

With a referendum, Cuba says yes to same-sex marriages and adoptions

Cuba legalizes same-sex marriages and adoptions. In fact, they won the yes in the referendum strongly supported by President Miguel Díaz-Canel.

With a referendum, Cuba said yes to the new Family Code which introduces in the country, among other things, homosexual marriage and adoptions in addition to surrogacy. 67% of the population voted in favor. The announcement comes from the president of the National Electoral Council (Cen), Alina Balseiro.

The result of the votes is not yet final but the data collected so far, according to Balseiro, are sufficient to believe the final result. This is a historic decision for Cuba where homosexuality was “legalized” only in 1979: in the 1960s, gays were marginalized and interned in forced labor camps, defined as “re-education”. The figure for abstentions, which has rarely happened in the past for other referendums, was around 26%. The “Family Code” is considered one of the most modern and guaranteed laws in the world on the subject: within the package there are other measures concerning the protection of children’s rights, parental responsibility and gender-based violence, in addition to legalization homosexual marriages and adoption.

This is a referendum that has been strongly requested by activists for the rights of the LGBTQ + community and which has found greater substance after the election in 2018 of President Miguel Díaz-Canel, who immediately said he was openly in favor of gay marriage. The president himself was accused of wanting to exploit the reforms to improve the image of his government, after he had tried to suppress dissent by force on several occasions in recent years: Cuba is facing a serious economic and energy crisis whose responsibility many blame the government and its choices.