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#400240 - 02/14/11 03:21 PM Belizean Gays Want Equal Rights!
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Caleb Orosco
Sexual minorities in Belize “are disproportionately harmed” by Section 53 of the Belize Criminal Code, a portion of which also violates several provisions of the Belize Constitution. This is the view of the United Belize Advocacy Movement (UNIBAM) which is calling for an amendment to the CriminalCode.

The offending part of the law reads: “Every person who has carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any person or animal shall be liable to imprisonment for ten years.”

UNIBAM’s President, Caleb Orosco, told Reporter on Wednesday, February 10, that the vagueness of that law has been the basis on which the human rights of homosexual men have been continuously violated by members of society and by authority figures.

A release from UNIBAM stated: “The accepted interpretation of carnal intercourse against the order of nature includes anal sex between two consenting adults in private.” Orozco pointed out that the law, if left unchanged, affects homosexuals and heterosexual couples alike.

“This provision criminalizes all acts of anal sex between men and men, [and] men and women ... regardless of age and consent,” he said. However, despite the law’s implications for heterosexuals, it has been primarily employed against gays, lesbians, and transgender people. “This is the case even when such laws are not routinely enforced,” Orosco said. “They can still be used as threats... or as weapons to extort gay men.

“They are also one reason why gay people are afraid of cooperating or even seeking help... when they are victims of violence and extortion related to their sexual identity.”

UNIBAM’s release emphasized that even though the law is under-enforced, it fosters intolerance against sexual minorities and helps to produce a “geography of oppression that disempowers sexual minorities.”

Orozco made it clear that UNIBAM is not seeking a total repeal of the law. However, it is seeking that “the offence be ‘read down’ or amended, so that it will not apply to sexual intercourse between consenting adults.

The Reporter


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#400244 - 02/14/11 04:17 PM Re: Belizean Gays Want Equal Rights! [Re: Marty]
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some folks need to mellow out. read this by Patrick Jones this AM. Wanting some type of POLICE ACTION????

time to modern up folks, this is old school. He asks, what were they thinking?? Well perhaps it's VALENTINE's DAY and they LOVE each other?


Patrick E. Jones
I am not sure under what heading to list this but this evening after doing my radio program, I witnessed something that left me shaking my head in disbelief. Two young men came walking down Slaughterhouse Road arm in arm. I never thought I would see the day when two men would be seen in public with this kind of public display of affection. One of my colleagues was similarly shocked. At the same time a police mobile rode by and carried on like nothing was happening. Just one of those occurrences that has left me wondering: what were they thinking?

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#400361 - 02/16/11 03:18 AM Re: Belizean Gays Want Equal Rights! [Re: Marty]
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Lord help us on this subject...I deal everyday with trying to educate Belizeans on humane animal care....
My dear Brother was Gay..he has passed..and also my Husbands brother was Gay...I will always remember a conversation with my brother when he said to me...
The life I have been given is not the life I want. I want to be accepted. I want to be in love. I want to have children and a family and I want to be Happy. I believe in God.
His road was a tough one. He was in love with the same partner for over 30 years. Gays do want all the same things as the rest of us, but children and acceptance never really came...he kept his belief in God....
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#400368 - 02/16/11 05:37 AM Re: Belizean Gays Want Equal Rights! [Re: Marty]
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The Beatles said it best: Love, Love, Love. Love is all you need.
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#400414 - 02/16/11 08:05 PM Re: Belizean Gays Want Equal Rights! [Re: Marty]
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That's Patrick. Few others here care, live and let live.
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