Díaz-Canel: The expectation is that the majority will vote yes 2:15 (CNN) — Cuba legalized same-sex marriage after Cubans voted in favor of a family code that increases the protection of minorities on the island, as announced on Monday by the country’s National Electoral Council. The body said 74.1% of those eligible to vote in Sunday’s national referendum had turned out to vote. With 94% of the votes counted as of 9 am on Monday, 3,936,790 had voted in favor and 1,950,090 against, which is overwhelming support for the new law. The new family code expands protections for women, children and the elderly, and allows LGBTQ couples to marry and adopt children. For decades, LGBTQ people in Cuba faced official discrimination on the communist-ruled island. In the early 1960s, after Fidel Castro came to power, many homosexuals were sent to government labor camps along with political dissidents.