Cuban voters have approved a historic new referendum that allows same-sex couples to marry and adopt in the country

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Cubans ratified the referendum with more than 3.9 million votes (66.9%) in favor, National Electoral Council President Alina Balseiro Gutiérrez said

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according to The Associated Press. Approximately 1.95 million voters (33.1%) opposed the measure, she said.

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The 100-page referendum faced an unusual amount of resistance from the Cuban public, even though it was backed by the government, according to the AP. Elections in the nation

The Código De Las Families referendum legalizes same-sex marriage and civil unions, allows adoption by same-sex couples

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 and promotes equality among men and women when it comes to sharing domestic rights and responsibilities, Reuters reported.

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"Justice has been done," Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel tweeted Monday, according to a translation by Reuters. "Starting today, we will be a better nation.

Approximately 74% of the 8.4 million eligible Cubans participated in the vote, preliminary results showed.

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Shooter kills 5 at LGBTQ dance club in Colorado Springs before patrons go up against and stop him, police say

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The suspect in the shooting at Club Q was identified as Anderson Lee Aldrich, according to Colorado Springs Police Chief Adrian Vasquez

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