The draft of the new Cuban Family Code, a legislative package that seeks to legalize same-sex marriage, among other issues, will be submitted to a popular referendum next September, according to state press wednesday (22).
The subject is delicate in the country. The Cuban dictatorship had a history of repression of homosexuals in the years 1960. Many of them were sent to concentration camps on the island, along with political and religious opponents, where they underwent a process of “re-education”.
The project goes to referendum, after passing through deputies
The final version of the text will first be submitted to the scrutiny of the deputies at a meeting of the National Assembly of Popular Power (Cuban’s unicameral parliament), scheduled for July, after undergoing a process of popular consultation held between February and April.
“We promote emancipation, understanding for types of unresolved problems in society that will become visible from the point of view of legality”, said Cuban dictator Miguel Díaz-Canel, quoted by Cuban News Agency.
This legal reform – which incorporates issues such as sexist violence, adoption by homosexual couples, equal marriage, surrogacy (or “solidarity”, as it appears in the text), beware of the elderly and parental responsibility – aims to modernize the regulation tion on affective, sexual and family relationships.
If ratified by parliamentarians, this legislation would go to referendum in September. In this way, the Code would become the only rule subject to popular consultation among the 336 that were updated after the entry into force in 2019 of the new Constitution of Cuba.
Project generates criticism, but was approved by 61,9% in popular consultation
A report presented at the parliamentary session in May indicated that more than six million Cubans participated in the popular consultation of the project that will replace the legislation in force since 1976.
During the consultation, 336.336 interventions by voters were recorded and collected 434. proposals, in addition to having found that 61, 9% of the opinions were in favor of the rule.
The project generated criticism among those who do not accept gay marriage and adoption by same-sex couples, as well as feminist groups that demand a specific law and the classification of femicide as a crime, although the government considers that there is already stem instruments that recognize this type of act.