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Cubans Cast Ballots In A Historic Referendum On Same-Sex Marriage And Adoption

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Cubans Cast

Cubans Cast

Havana: Cubans voted on Sunday in a historic referendum on whether to legalize same-sex marriage and adoption, allow surrogate pregnancies, and give non-biological parents more rights. President Miguel Diaz-Canel and his wife voted early at a voting site in Havana for what he called a necessary modification of the country’s 1975 Family Code. According to him, the new code “is a fair, essential, up-to-date, modern standard that provides rights and protections to all individuals, to the complete diversity of families, people, and creeds.”

The majority of polling locations on the island country closed at 6:00 p.m. (2200 GMT). According to the National Electoral Council, 54.8 percent of Cuba’s 8.4 million eligible voters had cast ballots by 4:00 p.m. Voters arrived at Havana voting sites in a steady flow, according to AFP correspondents. “When we compare it to prior elections, it’s different, we don’t see much enthusiasm,” Eduardo, a voter, told AFP. Cubans aged 16 and above are asked to simply vote “Yes” or “No” on the question, “Do you agree with the Family Code?”

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