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Belize: Supreme Court set to debate anti-gay sex law next month

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  1. Robert in S. Kensington 26 Apr 2013, 7:52pm

    Another former British colonial backwater at it again. Belize used to be known as British Honduras apparently.

    1. GingerlyColors 27 Apr 2013, 8:15am

      And Guyana, the only other county on mainland America (North and South) where homosexuality is still criminalized used to be called British Guyana.

      1. Even if you include all the Caribbean island countries, it’s still the case that every single American country in which homosexuality is still criminalized is a former British colony.

        1. Robert in S. Kensington 27 Apr 2013, 7:41pm

          Every single ‘American’ country?

      2. Robert in S. Kensington 27 Apr 2013, 7:46pm

        The British can no longer be blamed for that though in 2013. They’re independent countries. Other countries have moved on, especially the UK. There’s absolutely no reason why others can’t. Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and India have, three of them already with equal marriage. The blame game has to stop.

  2. It is greatly in the interests of all the people of Belize for it to repeal this colonial relic.

    Studies by a Caribbean University show their is a direct relation between buggery laws and the spread of HIV-AIDS. The victims include heterosexual spouses and partners of same sex men that fear contacting help lest they be jailed.

    It’s best to leave the punishment of sin to the Lord, rather than the police.

  3. GingerlyColors 27 Apr 2013, 8:13am

    Sometimes the courts have to step in where politicians fail. Court rulings have struck down anti-gay laws in India and Fiji and in 2003, the Lawrence v. Texas ruling at the US Supreme Court ruled that laws against gay sex was unconstitutional in the states that still criminalized homosexuality. I hope that Belize’s Supreme Court follows suit. This will leave just Guyana as the only country on mainland America where it is still a crime to be gay.

  4. dorset bob 28 Apr 2013, 2:40pm

    It must be time for Archbigot welby to step in. He claims to be in favour of LGBT rights, and against homophobia. As the newly elected head of the Anglican church he must have some influence. Oh dear ,is that the sound of deafening silence I can hear ?

  5. L . M. Shoman 29 Apr 2013, 1:01am

    The Supreme Court does not “debate “. Much like US courts, it hears arguments, deliberates and then decides. It is presided by one judge, in this case the Chief Justice, and is only the court of first instance.

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