Cuba takes an unprecedented referendum on a law that would enable same-sex marriage.

A referendum on an exceptionally contentious law was held on Cuba's island nation on Sunday.

The "family law" code in question has the support of the Cuban government.

It says that same-sex couples should be able to get married

and adopt, and it spells out the rights of children and grandparents.  

Cuba holds elections for its parliament every two years,

despite the fact that no parties other than the Communist Party are permitted there.

However, the country organises referendums on specific laws only extremely infrequently.

And rarely has an officially backed measure been subjected to as much open criticism as

the family law of more than 400 articles, which has been called into question

by many members of the island's increasingly vocal evangelical community.

Concerns have been raised about whether the law should be applied to homosexual couples.  

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