Havana: Cuba is set to conduct a referendum on September 25 in which two issues are likely to be hotly discussed: legalisation of same sex marriage and surrogate parenthood. This was stated by the country’s parliament on Friday.
The National Assembly’s secretary of Cuba said that the ball is now in the court of the people and “we are certain that most people of the country will support the innovative, democratic idea.”
The new family law will allow gay marriage, increase women’s rights, and ensure better protection for children, senior citizens, and other family members of the country.
The new policy will not only legalise same-sex marriages and civil unions but also give permission to couples of the same sex to adopt children and promote equal sharing of domestic responsibilities. Surrogate pregnancies will be encouraged under the new law. Both parties have to ink a prenuptial agreement. Surrogacy means there would be no profit.
LGBTQ activists did their best to include gay marriage in the Cuban constitution in 2019 when it was revised, but failed in their mission due to opposition from churches and conservative groups.
If the law comes into force, then Cuba will be the eighth country in South America where same-sex marriage will be legal. The other Latin American nations that are included in this list are: Costa Rica, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Uruguay, and Chile, which joined recently.