The new family code to be voted on in September would legalize same-sex marriage and allow same-sex couples to adopt. Cuba’s National Assembly on Friday approved a sweeping update of its family law which opens the door to allowing gay marriage, greater women’s rights, and increased protections for children, the elderly and other family members. The new Families Code will be put to a referendum vote on September 25 after being debated in community meetings earlier this year, where organizers said 62 percent of participants expressed their support. That is relatively low by Cuban standards, where the recently passed new constitution was approved with 86 percent of the vote. Policy proposals in previous referendums have seen support of around 95 percent.