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Cuba Votes on Similar-Intercourse Marriage in Uncommon Referendum on Sunday

A automobile passes in entrance of a billboard in Havana, a part of the federal government’s marketing campaign for the YES vote within the referendum on the brand new Household Code.

The Cuban Authorities and all State buildings have turned to the “Sure” marketing campaign, together with the Nationwide Electoral Fee and the Supreme Court docket.

By Cubaencuentro

HAVANA TIMES – Cuba is taking the Household Code, a legislative package deal that features same-sex marriage and surrogacy, to a referendum this Sunday, in an uncommon and controversial vote, reviews the Efe information company.

The train goals to be the tip of a course of over a number of years. It started with the elaboration of the 2019 Structure and concluded with the approval of the twenty-fifth model of the Household Code within the Nationwide Meeting this July, after three months of session with residents in neighborhoods and municipalities.

The textual content, which replaces a 1975 regulation, contemplates marriage between folks of the identical intercourse and the chance that they undertake, it additionally regulates “solidarity” being pregnant, the duty of fogeys with their kids and the care of the aged, along with banning baby marriage and addresses gender-based violence.

The Authorities advocates the “Sure”

The Cuban authorities and all state buildings have joined within the “Sure” marketing campaign, together with the Nationwide Electoral Fee and the Supreme Court docket, with steady messages for weeks in official media and social networks.

They argue that the code meets the present actuality of Cuban households, expands rights, and higher protects minors, the aged, folks with disabilities and weak teams.

The director of the Nationwide Heart for Intercourse Training (Cenesex), Mariela Castro, informed Efe that the code responds to an “growth of rights” within the discipline of household legislation.

“The Household Code expands and contributes to broadly guaranteeing the rights of all people and all households. It contributes to additional democratize intergender, intergenerational relations,” she assured.

Arguments for “No”

The “No” vote has not had an articulated marketing campaign or presence within the official media, which permits no factors of view that differ from the federal government / Communist Occasion line. Nevertheless, on social networks, activists and a few establishments and teams have advocated abstention or rejection of the legislation.

Some opposition comes from these rejecting the content material, and significantly that homosexuals can marry and undertake. That is the case of the Catholic Church, which just lately criticized these factors in a press release from the Episcopal Convention and requested pepole to vote “in conscience.”

Nevertheless, a rejection vote can also be political. Opponents, dissidents, and activists guarantee that they are going to abstain or vote in opposition to as a result of they really feel the “Sure” entails the legitimization of the communist political system with which they don’t agree.

Former Cuban political prisoner Marta Beatriz Roque defined to Efe that if she might vote – her civil rights have been suspended attributable to a conviction – she would go for abstention.

“I’m neither for nor in opposition to, as a result of I do know the dictatorship, I understand how it really works and I’m satisfied that right now we already know what the results of this plebiscite might be,” she maintains.

Impartial journalist María Matienzo additionally believes that the best choice is abstention, as she understands that this referendum has a plebiscitary nature and takes that stance regardless of belonging to the LGBTIQ neighborhood.

“Some civil rights should not extra essential than others. I wouldn’t have rights as a citizen simply because I’m allowed to get married,” mentioned Matienzo. She additionally famous that the federal government has not requested for forgiveness for the homophobic previous of the revolution.

Cuban journalist Maykel Gonzalez Vivero defined that he’ll vote “Sure” for consistency together with his years in LGBTIQ activism.

“I’m going to vote sure, even if I’ve a number of criticism to make of the Authorities, a number of objections to make over this course of (…). However since that’s the context and we’re compelled to say sure or no, for me there isn’t a different possibility however to say sure. We’ve got been working for these rights for a very long time,” he mentioned in an interview with Efe.

Quite a few folks have criticized the thought of ​​submitting the rights of a minority to majority vote in a referendum, when no different legislation —together with the cruel new Penal Code— has confronted such a course of. One other criticism is that the vote takes place after the Household Code was already printed within the Official Gazette this August.

Others interviewed by Efe guarantee that they are going to vote in opposition to or abstain because of the administration of the intense disaster that the nation goes by means of, which has dragged on for 2 years with shortages of primary merchandise, lengthy traces, frequent blackouts and excessive inflation.

Polls, abstention and preparations

Within the absence of public polls, it’s tough to evaluate the energy of every camp earlier than the referendum, the third to be held in Cuba for the reason that triumph of the revolution in 1959 and the primary on a selected legislation.

The consultants additionally don’t dare to foretell the quantity of abstentions and its attainable that means by way of political misunderstanding or rejection of the method.

The Electoral Fee ensures that every little thing is prepared for the session. Greater than eight million Cubans are known as to the polls in some 24,000 polling stations.

Cubans who’ve emigrated or have gone into exile and wouldn’t have their residence in Cuba wouldn’t have the correct to take part. This phase of the inhabitants is estimated at round two million folks.

Some NGOs with out authorized standing have highlighted the doubts raised by this session, as is the case of Electoral Transparency.

Its director, Leandro Querido, criticized in an interview with Efe that it has been a marketing campaign with out “ensures”, that voting day doesn’t have worldwide observers and that, with out “cross controls”, the outcomes might be “unverifiable”.

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