Cuba’s communist government is seeking to rally support for a new family code that would open the door to gay marriage and boost women’s rights, but experts and a recent survey suggest an upcoming referendum vote may not provide a rubber stamp.
The new code would legalize same sex marriage and civil unions, allow such couples to adopt children, double down on women’s rights, and promote equal sharing of domestic responsibilities. It also adds such novelties as prenuptial agreements and assisted pregnancy.
But the outcome of the referendum vote, slated for sometime this fall, is far from certain. The Cuban Roman Catholic Church has lashed out against gay marriage, saying the proposal is riddled with “gender ideology” and would lead to “indoctrination of children in schools without parental consent.”
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