Cubans will vote in a landmark referendum on Sunday on legalizing same-sex marriage and adoption, allowing surrogate pregnancies and giving greater rights to non-biological parents.
More than eight million Cubans over the age of 16 are eligble to vote “Yes” or “No” for the proposal, which has been supported by the communist government but criticized by Catholic and evangelical church leaders.
The final week of campaigning saw the government flood TV, radio and social media with pro-equality messages, along with glitzy billboards, public rallies and tweets from President Miguel Diaz-Canel urging Cubans to vote yes “in favor of democracy.”
Years in the making
The official attitude toward homosexuality has changed significantly over the past 20 years after decades of persecution.