Cuba Assembly opens door to gay marriage, other family rights | LGBTQ News

The brand new household code to be voted on in September would legalize same-sex marriage and permit same-sex {couples} to undertake.

Cuba’s Nationwide Meeting on Friday accepted a sweeping replace of its household regulation which opens the door to permitting homosexual marriage, larger girls’s rights, and elevated protections for kids, the aged and different members of the family.

The brand new Households Code might be put to a referendum vote on September 25 after being debated in group conferences earlier this 12 months, the place organisers mentioned 62 p.c of individuals expressed their assist.

That’s comparatively low by Cuban requirements, the place the not too long ago handed new structure was accepted with 86 p.c of the vote. Coverage proposals in earlier referendums have seen assist of round 95 p.c.

The code promoted “love, affection, care, sensitivity, respect for others and the concord of our households,” Minister of Justice Oscar Manuel Silvera mentioned, presenting the code for the vote on the Nationwide Meeting.

Opponents to the rule change embrace many church buildings.

“What has been taking place is gloomy as a result of it will carry confrontation,” mentioned Methodist pastor Henry Nurse.

“It goes in opposition to what has been taught for a lot of generations of years all through the world in regards to the true conventional marriage that’s between a person and a girl,” he mentioned.

The brand new code would legalise same-sex marriage and civil unions, enable same-sex {couples} to undertake kids, and promote equal sharing of home duties. It’ll additionally enable prenuptial agreements and surrogate pregnancies, although not for revenue.

Dad and mom would have “accountability” as an alternative of “custody” of kids, and be required to be “respectful of the dignity and bodily and psychological integrity of kids and adolescents”.

Cuba is already a regional front-runner in girls’s rights. Girls head up practically 50 p.c of households and make up 60 p.c of pros, have free entry to abortion, and might declare as much as two years’ maternity go away.

A Havana couple who’ve lived collectively for a few years however had been by no means in a position to have kids, Rita Acosta Cruz and Gabriela Alfonso, mentioned it was their human proper to marry and undertake kids.

“The chance it provides us is that of marriage. The very fact of having the ability to choose collectively for sure issues and sure authorized procedures that we want as a pair and never as unbiased folks,” Alfonso mentioned.

Acosta mentioned it met their expectations as a household.

“We’re a wedding. We’ve the plans collectively, the financial system collectively. It isn’t truthful that this chance doesn’t exist,” she mentioned.