Cuba has legalized same-sex marriage after Cubans voted in favor of a family code that increased protections for minorities on the island, the country’s National Electoral Council announced on Monday.
The Electoral Council said 74.1% of those eligible to vote in Sunday’s national referendum had turned out to cast their ballot.
With 94% of the votes counted as of 9am ET on Monday morning, 3,936,790 had voted in favor and 1,950,090 against – signaling an overwhelming support for the new law.
The new family code extends greater protection to women, children and the elderly, as well as allowing LGBTQ couples to marry and adopt children.
Cuba had the chance to legalize gay marriage back in 2018. However, politicians stepped back from doing that due to fear of backlash from religious communities. “the following year, Cuban police broke up a peaceful LGBTQ rights parade saying the marchers did not have permission to hold the rally.”