Cuba votes tomorrow for the family code referendum

Cubans are summoned for tomorrow, Sunday, to validate or veto a new Family Code in a referendum that includes the legalization of same-sex marriage and surrogacy, in an unusual exercise that represents a test of legitimacy for the government. More than eight million Cubans over the age of 16 will be able to cast their voluntary and secret vote to validate a law in a referendum for the first time.

With this vote, a long process would conclude, after the attempt to introduce same-sex marriage in the Constitution approved in 2019.

The new regulation, which will replace the one in force since 1975, was approved in July by the National Assembly of People’s Power (Parliament, unicameral) and changes the definition that provides for the union between a man and a woman for the concept of marriage between “two people”.

This code also protects vulnerable sectors of society such as the disabled; defines family sexual and gender violence, and introduces the possibility that minors are under the responsibility of several parents or grandparents and close relatives.

The Family Code “is the hope of thousands of people marked by painful histories of exclusion and silence. Human beings who have suffered and are suffering from the gaps in our laws,” President Miguel Díaz-Canel said on Wednesday, on his Twitter account. However, the Conference of Catholic Bishops of Cuba this month criticized the so-called “gender ideology.”


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