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CUBA LEGALIZES SAME SEX MARRIAGE

Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel


September 27, 2022 | By Colin O. Jarrett |

Cuba has legalized same-sex marriage in a historic referendum. The country’s National Electoral Council said on Monday that Cubans voted in favour of a family code that increased protections for minorities on the island.

The Electoral Council said “74.1% of those eligible to vote in Sunday’s national referendum had turned out to cast their ballot”.  With 94% of the votes counted as of 9AM on Monday, 3 million, 936 thousand and 790 had voted in favour and 1 million 950 thousand and 90 against, signaling an overwhelming support for the new law.

The new family code extends greater protection to women, children and the elderly, as well as allowing LGBTQ couples to marry and adopt children.

For decades, LGBTQ people in Cuba faced official discrimination on the communist-run island.

In the early 1960’s after Fidel Castro took power, many gay people were sent to government work camps alongside political dissidents.  Though homosexuality was legalized in Cuba in 1979, many gay men and women said they still faced open discrimination.

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