Cubans said Yes to legalizing same-sex marriage in a referendum

Cubans voted to legalize same-sex marriage, allowing same-sex couples to adopt children, as well as support surrogacy in a weekend referendum, authorities in the communist country said on Monday, as quoted by AFP. The preliminary data indicate, with 67% of the votes counted, an “irreversible trend” in support of the change, which the government also approves, announced the head of the electoral council, Alina Balseiro.

On Twitter, President Miguel Díaz-Canel wrote: “To win. Justice prevails.” The change is a major turnaround for the country, where authorities sent homosexual citizens to labor camps in the 1960s and 1970s, AFP noted. According to official data, 74% of the 8.4 million voters in Cuba cast their vote in the referendum.

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