It’s been almost one week since the Supreme Court of Belize passed a historic ruling, legalizing gay sex between consenting adults. The ruling made by Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin was met with mixed response by the Belizean population. And while the Government of Belize is yet to state their position on the ruling, yesterday during a press conference called by the Deputy Prime Minister, Hon. Patrick Faber, he was asked for his opinion on the ruling.

 

Screen_Shot_2016-08-16_at_8.14.25_PMHonorable Patrick Faber – Deputy Prime Minister of Belize


“In that instance then I would act as an agent for the people who I served as opposed to giving my own personal view, how is it that I determine what the view of those who I represent are is something that is given great consideration to over the last few days whether that means I don’t think that Facebook is a good or Social Media is a good indicator although that seems to be the court of public opinion in these days but maybe some kind of survey or check moving around the constituency to see what the views of our constituents are or maybe to the extent of us as a nation have a referendum to let the Belizean people to decide how is it that they wat to see us move, I think it is such a big decision that the Belizean people should have a say and that we should not have necessarily individual leaders and lawmakers impressing on the Belizean people their own personal and individual ways.”


During yesterday’s Senate meeting, where several pressing issues were discussed, Opposition Senator Valerie Woods also recognized the Supreme Court’s ruling on the constitutionality of Section fifty three of the criminal code which criminalized same sex intercourse. During her speech Senator Woods commended the judgment categorizing his ruling as a significant victory for the region.


Screen_Shot_2016-08-16_at_8.14.31_PMSenator Valerie Woods


“So I rise to give my recognition of that ruling because it is of national importance it is a significant victory for Human Right yes in Belize in the region and indeed Human Rights Worldwide, specifically because of this ruling made by Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin it states specifically the right not to be discriminated, the right to privacy, the right to be treated with dignity no matter the race religion or sexual orientation or identity so indeed it is a good day for Human Rights and while I recognize that there are so many in our society who do not support the ruling, do not agree with the ruling for various reasons I am certain that the honorable members in this chamber will join me in stating that notwithstanding those disagreements at no time should we agree that there should be violence, discrimination or hatred because you disagree with the ruling.”


GOB will be discussing the landmark ruling that was handed down on Wednesday through a press conference that will be headed by Prime Minster Dean Barrow.

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