The president of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel, said this Thursday that he was “sure” of the triumph of the yes in the referendum of the Family Code – which contemplates, among other things, equal marriage – next Sunday.
Díaz-Canel held a meeting with families and activists close to the Government in a special program on state television ahead of the upcoming referendum.
The program was recorded last Tuesday at the Palace of the Revolution, according to the official account of the Presidency on Twitter.
“I think we are all clear that we are on the eve of participating in a civic act and one of enormous responsibility, which we will attend with all the right but also with a sense of duty and civic and social responsibility,” said the president during the meeting.
The Family Code has been criticized by the Permanent Committee of the Conference of Catholic Bishops in Cuba in some aspects of the project since they consider that it is “permeated” by gender ideology.
The text, which replaces a 1975 regulation, contemplates marriage between people of the same sex and the possibility that they adopt, regulates “solidarity” pregnancy, the responsibility of parents with their children and the care of the elderly, in addition to ban child marriage and address gender-based violence.
The president criticized some hoaxes about the content of the code, such as an alleged “imposition” of a family model with two fathers or two mothers.
“The Code is recognizing the type of family that I want, the one that you want… there are people who, if they reason from their feelings, will be able to overcome this misunderstanding,” he said.
The consultation, to which some eight million people over the age of 16 are called, will be held in more than 24,000 polling stations in the 168 municipalities of the country.
Last Sunday, those Cubans in diplomatic and state missions, such as doctors, athletes and technicians, already participated in more than 1,000 schools abroad. Many emigrants did not have the right to vote as they did not maintain their residence in Cuba.
The exercise is intended to be the end of a process that began with the drafting of the 2019 Constitution.
The non-existence of public surveys does not allow anticipating possible results. In recent weeks the Government has carried out an intense campaign for the yes, while there has been no in favor of the no. (YO)