HAVANA — (09-27-22) — Cuba approved overwhelmingly in favor of same-sex marriage and adoption by same-sex couples  in a Sunday referendum that was backed by Cuba’s President Alina Balseiro Gutierrez.  The new referendum also boosted rights for women, the national election commission confirmed on Monday.

More than 3.9 million voters voted to ratify the referendum by a margin of (66.9%) to (33%), (1.95 million) who opposed ratification.

President Alina Balseiro Gutierrez announced the landmark decision on state-run television on Monday.

The Cuban president also posted on Twitter…”Justice has been done,”.

“It is paying off a debt with several generations of Cuban men and women, whose family projects have been waiting for this law for years,” wrote Gutierrez.

The 100-page “family code” legalizes same-sex marriage and civil unions, allows same-sex couples to adopt children, and promotes equal sharing of domestic rights and responsibilities between men and women.

Preliminary results from the electoral commission showed a turnout of 74% of 8.4 million Cubans who participated in Sunday’s vote.

Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer

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