Cuba: referendum to legalize same-sex marriage

Cuba: referendum to legalize same-sex marriage

Mariela Castro, daughter of former Cuban President Raul Castro, participated in the pride march in Havana in 2018.

The referendum on the new Family Code, which plans to legalize same-sex marriage and surrogacy, will take place on September 25, the Cuban parliament announced on Friday, which hopes that this “inclusive and democratic” text will be finally approved.

On the proposal of the Council of State, the consultation will take place on Sunday, September 25, said its secretary, Homero Acosta, during an ordinary session of Parliament, which approved the new regulations.

The Code was the subject of a wide popular consultation between January and April which led to the modification of almost 48% of its text, according to the official media.

Mr. Acosta clarified that the referendum, which is binding, will be held a week before among nationals living outside the country.

It will be up to the sovereign people to make the final decision, but we are convinced that when the time comes, the majority of the Cuban people will approve this revolutionary, inclusive and democratic code, added Mr. Acosta.

He clarified that Cubans will have to answer a single question in the referendum: Do you agree with the Family Code?. The law will be approved if it obtains more than 50% of the valid votes cast at the ballot box.

In a Cuba still marked by machismo and homophobia, the Family Code, which will renew the law in force for 47 years, provides for the introduction of marriage egalitarian, as well as the recognition of several fathers and mothers in addition to biological fathers and mothers and joint gestation or surrogate motherhood.

This is a very exciting time for all our people, committed to the most advanced ideas, said MP Mariela Castro, daughter of ex-president Raul Castro and director of the National Center for Sex Education (Cenesex), which has promoted the struggle for the rights of the LGBTI community for more than three decades.

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