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    Gay Marriage coming to Belize?

    Gay Marriage Coming? P.M. Says Section 53 Decision Wonít Cause It

    DEAN BARROW
    Does the reading down of Section Fifty-three open the figurative door to gay marriage? Itís a widely held belief among many, including the Roman Catholic Church. In fact, its premise for seeking an appeal of the controversial Supreme Court decision is hinged on that very notion. Government, on the other hand, does not believe that the effect of the judgment will necessarily result in a move toward gay marriage. Hereís how PM Barrow responds to the churchís concern.

    Prime Minister Dean Barrow
    ďThey are saying that it is imperative that an appeal be lodged. Why? Because in every part of the world where criminalization has been successfully challenged it has been swiftly followed by the passing of gay marriage laws that seriously violate a childís right to a mother and father, restrict freedom of conscience and religion and impose a Draconian gender agenda in the school system. Now, I donít agree that thatís an inevitable or even necessary consequence of the Chief Justiceís ruling. In fact, I hold the opposite view and Cabinet is also so convinced that this does not open the door to gay marriage. Nothing can stop the people who believe in that from agitating, from taking legal action, but it is not fair to the Chief Justiceís ruling, in my view, to suggest that that ruling in any way opens the door to that. This was a matter of striking or reading down a section of the Criminal Code that imposed criminal sanctions on what was even if, on actions that were consensual. Thatís a far cry, itís a huge leap to go from there to suggest that somehow the door is open to gay marriage and I will tell you that Cabinet is absolutely clear, based on the advice from the lawyers, that that is not the case. But because the gentlemen of the cloth feel so strongly that that is what the ruling does, please by all means go ahead and appeal and seek to vindicate your position.Ē

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    Bunch of jerks with their stupidness....
    Love is a many splendid thing and food run a close second.

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    US Ambassador Cheers Supreme Court Sodomy Ruling
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    Belize, the Caribbean and the rest of the world continue to digest the Chief Justice's landmark decision in which he decriminalized sodomy after hearing Caleb Orozco's lawsuit challenging Section 53 of the criminal code.
    We've shown you the excited reaction from Orozco and the LGBT Community after sitting in court to hear the judge deliver it in person last week Wednesday. We've also shown you the disappointment from the Churches who interpret the ruling as the beginning of the country's moral downfall.

    So, what does the US Ambassador think about the ruling? Well, as viewers are aware, he's a former US High Court judge, and the country he represents is on a global mission to encourage acceptance for LGBT communities. As proof of this, a few weeks before the ruling was handed down, the US Embassy hoisted the rainbow flag on its compound, which is considered US soil.

    So, not surprisingly, when we asked the Ambassador about the ruling today he applauded it:

    Carlos Moreno, US Ambassador to Belize
    "I think Chief Justice Benjamin's opinion is a landmark trendsetting decision. As a former judge as you pointed out in reading that very comprehensive thorough decision he covered all the basis beginning with the statutory history of the statute in question section 53, delineating the respected positions of the parties, going through the different contentions by those parties and analyzing the Belizean constitution in terms of the number of rights like equal protection and so forth and also elucidating on international treaties and join upon international law in support of the ultimate ruling. So I think it's really a victory for all Belizeans particularly consenting adults. As I said I think the decision is a precedent setting and I think people in the Caribbean and Latin America are watching this decision and I think the legal system of Belize and the people of Belize should be justifiably proud of this landmark decision."

    Daniel Ortiz
    "Now sir there is a lot of people who aren't proud of this decision. It has caused a lot of division and a lot of venom. What's you thoughts on that?"

    Carlos Moreno, US Ambassador to Belize
    "I think people of course are free to say whatever they wish to say and sincerely believe and there is nothing in the opinion that really prohibits people from speaking their minds. But the ultimate conclusion I think is a good one and I think the Chief Justice also takes into account that this is an area of behavior that people differed on quite vociferously. But the important thing is that people not resort to name calling, slander, and libel and certainly they should not resort to violence."

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    PM’s Wife supports CJ Decision
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    Now, the Prime Minister's wife, Kim Barrow may share some of Ambassador Moreno's enthusiasm, but she's in what might be called a "cute" situation, politically. She is the Prime Minister's wife, and so she isn't expected to be seen cheerleading for the gay rights activists on such a divisive issue.
    But when Caleb Orozco, UNIBAM and their legal team held a press conference shortly after the decision last Wednesday, they disclosed that Mrs. Barrow immediately came out in support of the judgment.

    So, today when we caught up with her at another event, we asked her to confirm. Here's how she explained it:

    Kim Simplis-Barrow - Special Envoy For Women And Children
    "I applaud the Chief Justice's decision. I think we all have rights and court rulings must be respected."

    Daniel Ortiz
    "A lot of people are disappointed that the decision has been made and it has caused a lot of venom, from the more conservative persons in society. Is it something disappointing to you to see that some people are close-minded?"

    Kim Simplis-Barrow - Special Envoy For Women And Children
    "I am always of the opinion that we should spread love and we should be advocating for peace and that has always been my stand on everything. I think that the time is right for us to put away the negativity and start preaching God's love. His call for loving your neighbor, his call for treating others as you would like to be treated. I mean as far as I know and as far as I am concern, that is what love is and so I continue to say that and I continue to implore Belizeans to advocate for peace."

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    What right does the church have to judge? did they forget their nasty priests who sodomized children? at least these are consenting adults and who cares who does what, it's their private business.
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    I didn't start the topic, but its your call.. i am outta here..
    Last edited by mellowman; 02-24-2017 at 04:43 PM.

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    Why you even di tak bout it Mellow? who cares, who prefer what? lef pipple lone mek dem duh wat dem wah mein.
    Love is a many splendid thing and food run a close second.

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