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Cuba decides on homosexual marriage in a historic referendum with the opposition of the Church

Father and son next to the flag of Cuba – CARL JUSTE / ZUMA PRESS / CONTACTOPHOTO


The Cuban population is called to the polls this Sunday to vote in a referendum for the approval of the so-called Family Code, a legislative package that provides for the approval of same-sex marriage, surrogacy and adoption by same-sex couples and that has had the opposition of the Episcopal Conference of the island.

Although this set of measures was planned to be included in the Constitution approved in 2019, the Government decided to leave it out for fear that the measures on same-sex marriage and adoption could generate rejection in the population and, therefore, it would not happen. ‘green light’ to the new Magna Carta.

Thus, after the approval of the Constitution, the Cuban president, Miguel Diaz-Canel, ordered the writing of this new Family Code to begin, which was finally approved by the National Assembly in mid-July and seen to be submitted to a referendum.

Already at that time, the Minister of Justice, Oscar Silvera, defined the legislative package as a proposal “for everyone and for the benefit of all” that “does not regulate rigid or pre-established family models”, but rather “addresses the characteristics and situations of each person”.

Therefore, the Legislature now hopes that the population will finish giving its approval to a text that plans to replace the current one, which dates from 1975, with the approval of the aforementioned homosexual marriage, adoption between same-sex couples and surrogacy, if It is true that it includes more reforms.

Among these, the recognition of the most vulnerable sectors of the population, the fight against domestic violence, the guarantee of the rights of the elderly and the defense of the right of all people to found a family stand out.

The approval of the Family Code has become the main obsession of the ruling sectors that, led by Diaz-Canel himself, have launched an intense campaign on social networks to promote the vote in favor of the project under the slogan ‘Code, yes’ and has even referred to the day as “a holiday for Cuba”.

The Cuban president has referred to the legislative proposal as “the hope of thousands of people marked by painful histories of exclusion and silence”, while stressing the importance of minors being “accompanied in the development of their personality” .

“Each family is a particular path, unique, unrepeatable, as each person is unrepeatable. Families are an expression of the most delicate social fabric. They are like the homeland, they endow us with identity, civility, solidarity, respect and altruism”, Diaz defended -Canel in their social networks.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has praised the Family Code as “one of the most important regulations for the social life of the nation” and a legislative proposal that “multiplies affections and adds rights” based on the principles and values ​​of the Constitution.

Although the referendum starts on Sunday on the island, the vote has already concluded abroad, where, according to official figures, more than 22,000 people — including diplomats and those who are abroad “for official reasons” — have already exercised their right to vote.

One of the main groups against the renewal of the Family Code has been the Cuban Church, which has even adhered to statements attributed to the Cuban independence leader Jose Marti in which he defined “love” as “the ardent and unconditional feeling that an individual of one sex feels towards an individual of the other”.

In this sense, the Church has defended that marriage between a man and a woman is “natural” and cannot be “displaced or deformed” to make way for other legal formulas, since “this is the creator’s original plan.”

The Cuban bishops released a statement in mid-September in which they stated their discrepancies with the legislative project, since they consider that the introduction of “gender ideology” is not beneficial for families, just as they point out as negative the possibility that minors can assume their gender identity.

Regarding adoption between same-sex couples, the Church denounces that this contravenes “what by nature corresponds to and needs” a minor: “a father and a mother.” “Every child is a gift and an end in itself; it is a child’s right to have a father and a mother.” Along the same lines, they have also charged against surrogacy by not considering it ethical.

Despite this, the Cuban bishops do consider positive aspects such as the rejection of domestic violence, the defense of rights and the care of the older population and those with disabilities. They have also praised the protection of children and pregnant women.

“This, however, cannot ignore the questioning, criticism, and rejection of an important sector of society, which are based on legitimate principles, values, the human and biological sciences, our history, traditions, and beliefs. nuns of our people”, they have pointed out from the Church.

For all this, the Cuban Episcopal Conference has appealed to “the conscience and responsibility” of the Cuban population, whether they are believers or not, so that they vote conscientiously not only for current generations, but also for future ones. “May Maria de la Caridad, our mother and patron saint, intercede for each one of her Cuban children so that we make the best decision,” they concluded.

Other voices critical of the Government, such as the singer Yotuel Romero or the playwright Yunior Garcia Aguilera, have questioned the vote and have advocated abstention, not so much because of its content, but because of the fact that the authorities submit issues “of common sense”, while they impose the rest of the decisions on the island.

Similarly, the prominent Cuban opponent Guillermo Farinas has come to assure that participating in the vote “is accepting an institutionalized fraud”, at the same time that he has campaigned openly for the ‘no’. “The Family Code is a hypocritical maneuver of affective manipulation”, he has affirmed.

Source: Europa Press



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