Cubans will cast ballots this Sunday on whether to approve a new ‘family code’ that would legalize gay marriage and boost women’s rights, with the government urging citizens to vote “yes” despite anger over the worst economic crisis in decades.
The Communist-run government – long the vanguard of Latin America’s left – has in the last week flooded state-run media with stories and celebratory images promoting a vote in favor of the code.
The campaign has included promotional spots on radio and TV, eye-catching roadside billboards touting diversity, rallies along Havana’s picturesque Malecon oceanfront esplanade, and tweets from President Miguel Diaz-Canel, who has called a “yes” vote a vote “in favor of democracy.”
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Cuba’s parliament announced a new family law which would allow same-sex marriage and surrogate parenthood — but it’s holding a referendum to “leave the final decision in the hands of the people.” pic.twitter.com/eSjLQXHf9n
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