Cuban government has given the green signal for gay marriage and adoption overwhelmingly in a Sunday referendum.
Havana: Cuban government has given the green signal for gay marriage and adoption overwhelmingly in a Sunday referendum supported by the government that will provide more rights for women, stated by the national election commission on Monday.
More than 3.9 million voters favoured ratifying the code (66.9%), while 1.95 million opposed ratification (33%), Alina Balseiro Gutierrez, president of the commission, said on state-run television on Monday.
The Cuban president wrote in a tweet that “justice has been done.”
Several generations of Cuban men and women, whose family projects had been waiting for this law for years, were being paid off, he added.
The 100-page “family code” encourages equal distribution of domestic duties and rights between men and women and legalises same-sex unions and marriages. It also permits same-sex couples to adopt children.
According to the electoral commission’s preliminary findings, the referendum on Sunday was attended by 74% of the 8.4 million Cubans who were entitled to vote.
There are no independent observers of Cuban elections, although citizens are allowed to watch the vote count at their precincts. Social media posts from many local communities on district counts seemed to match the official outcomes.
As the Caribbean island waited for Hurricane Ian to pass over its western point early on Tuesday, Diaz-Canel presided over an emergency meeting during which the results were announced.
Official Twitter accounts showed the crowd erupting in applause and the president reclining back and smiling as he heard the news.The code’s adoption was promoted by the president of Cuba.
Sunday’s turnout was modest by Cuban standards, and the 33% “no” vote was significant in the communist-run nation where prior referendums saw the government’s viewpoint garnering nearly universal support.
The unrest is a reflection of both Cuba’s transformation and the country’s severe economic situation, which has resulted in long power outages and long lineups for supplies of food, medicine, and fuel.
Sunday’s vote was crucial because most people have had access to the internet, which has let dissenting views spread more widely.