The president of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel, said this Sunday (25) that he expects a majority of votes in favor of “yes” in the referendum on the Code of Families, which includes issues such as gay marriage, same-sex adoption and surrogacy.
“We have to get used to the fact that in such complex issues where there is diversity of criteria and in the midst of a complex situation, there may even be people who have a vote of punishment,” the president told reporters after leaving his polling place.
Díaz-Canel highlighted that these people may “have nothing against the (Family) Code, but they assume a position of discontent because their situation at the moment is complex; but it is also legitimate”.
The president acknowledged the difficult economic context – after two years of serious crisis – in which the referendum is held. “We took a position of courage, to call a referendum in the conditions that the country lives. We all know that there are shortages, blackouts, shortages, an important part of the paralyzed economy”, he said.
The referendum on the Family Code would end at 18h (h Brasília time), but Due to heavy rain, the National Electoral Council of Cuba (CEN) postponed the closing of polling stations in eight of the provinces of the country by one hour. With this, the affected locations started counting votes from 19h (18h of Brasília ).
The final result will be announced five days later, it will be binding and will require a simple majority: more than 50%, in favor or against. The National Electoral Commission (CNE) should advance preliminary results on Monday (26).
What the Family Code says
Before being approved in July of this year by the National Assembly (Unicameral Parliament), the version 25 of the law was widely consulted between February and April in 79 thousand meetings by neighborhoods and municipalities.
Although the issues considered most controversial are the recognition of same-sex marriage or the possibility of adoption by same-sex couples sex, the vast legislative package also regulates parental responsibility and so-called joint pregnancy.
The proposed Family Code mentions gender-based violence, prohibits child marriage, and protects communication between grandparents and grandchildren in case of divorce.
Covers other changes in the family context, such as preventing domestic aggressors from asking for custody of the children, the distribution of assets and the incorporation of stepmothers and stepfathers as guardians.
This is the only project that will go to referendum between the 70 legal norms updated with the new Constitution, unlike other laws such as the Code criminal. In addition, it has been published in the Official Gazette since 22 in July of this year.