Same-sex marriage, GPA, children’s rights … What will change in Cuba – RT in French

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Same-sex marriage, GPA, children's rights ... What will change in Cuba - RT in French
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Validated by referendum by more than 66% of Cubans, a new Family Code came into force, making Cuba the most progressive in Latin America in terms of the rights of homosexuals, children, the elderly and the disabled.

Cubans have approved by more than 66% in a referendum a new progressive Family Code that legalizes same-sex marriage, surrogacy and extended parentage.

The text approved on September 25 was widely supported by the communist government and the vote in favor of the “yes” vote has been the subject of an intense official campaign in recent weeks, in the streets, on television and on the networks. social.

The “yes” thus won 66.87% of the vote against 33.13% of the votes for the “no”, the highest percentage of negative votes ever reached during a referendum, according to almost final results announced on September 26 by the National Electoral Council (CEN). “The family code has been approved by the people,” said its president, Alina Balseiro.

“The ‘yes’ won. Justice has been done […] It is a question of settling a debt towards several generations of Cubans, whose family projects have been waiting for this law for years”, welcomed President Miguel Diaz-Canel on Twitter.

Turnout stood at 74.01%, according to the electoral authority, which still had to validate the results in around thirty constituencies.

This rate is down from the previous 2019 referendum on the new Constitution, approved by 86.85% of voters with a turnout of 90.15%.

The new code, which replaces on September 26 the previous one dating from 1975, legalizes homosexual marriage and authorizes homoparental adoption.

It strengthens the rights of children, the elderly and the disabled, and introduces the possibility of legally recognizing several fathers and mothers, in addition to the biological parents. It authorizes non-profit surrogacy.

Cuba now has the most progressive text in Latin America on the subject.

The American embassy in Havana hailed on Twitter “the decision of the Cuban people”, nevertheless wishing to clarify: “But this does not change the anti-democratic nature of the Cuban regime. The Cuban people deserve to have all their human rights respected.”

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