Cuba will decide whether or not to allow same-sex couples to get married in September, and Uganda banned an organization that promotes LGBT rights.
Cuba Holding Referendum On Same-Sex Marriage
On Sept. 25, Cuba will hold a vote on whether to approve a new Family Code, a decision that might allow same-sex couples to get married and have children.
The update, which aims to guarantee more rights for women and children, was accepted by the national legislature of the communist state. The referendum will take place one week before the scheduled date, and it will require more than 50% of votes to pass.
According to The Washington Post, the new legislation will also legalize surrogacy and the recognition of parents who are not biological mothers and fathers in addition to same-sex marriage.
People gathered at the park in the capital's Engativá neighborhood holding posters that said, "Kisses are signals of affection, not a crime."
“It is the result of a lot of work and, in particular, the contribution of our people,” Cuban Justice Minister Oscar Silvera Martínez tweeted, urging Cubans to vote in support of the changes.
Uganda Suspends Charity Championing LGBT Rights
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According to a senior official, the Ugandan government has banned the activities of a local non-governmental organization (NGO) that promotes the rights of sexual minorities on the grounds that it is operating unlawfully in the East African nation.
Since its founding, Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) has fought for the rights of LGBT persons in Uganda, where homosexuality is still against the law and gay individuals frequently experience harassment, violence, and incarceration.
According to a statement sent to Reuters by Stephen Okello, the director of a government organization that oversees NGOs, SMUG's operations have been terminated because "they were operating illegally."
"SMUG continues to operate without … a valid NGO permit," he said, adding that the group's operations had been suspended with immediate effect.