Weekly Report - 29 September 2022 (WR-22-39)

CUBA: LGBTI rights activists hail 'historic' referendum on family code

Cuba has become the latest country in Latin America to authorise same-sex marriage, following Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Uruguay, Ecuador, Costa Rica, and various Mexican states. This follows a referendum held on 25 September on a new family code, promoted by the government led by President Miguel Díaz-Canel, which included the change among other reforms. While hailed as historic by the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) rights community, rejection of the government-backed proposal was significantly higher than in previous elections. This suggests both the power of religious groups who vehemently opposed it but also continued dissent and anger with the government over the parlous state of the economy [WR-22-33] and the crackdown on political rights [WR-22-29].

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