Tomorrow, there will be a Special Sitting of the House of Representatives at the National Assembly building in Belmopan. While inside the House, Government and Opposition members will be debating national matters, outside the Evangelical Church leaders along with activist group COLA will be holding a protest against the Government’s decision not to appeal the Court’s ruling on the revision of Section 53 of Belize’s Criminal Code. The Church Leaders and COLA are demanding that the Government challenges the ruling, and their appeal picked up steam yesterday when the Belize Energy Workers’ Union and the very-powerful Belize National Teacher’s Union issued separate releases in which they also demanded that the decision be appealed. Today the Prime Minister reacted to the increasing resistance and said that while he respects the positions being taken, his Government will stick to their decision.
Rt. Honorable Dean Barrow – Prime Minister of Belize
“One of the reasons we will maintain the course we have laid out is because we insist, while even with the all the clarifications made there are going to be in particular the Evangelical Churches who will not agree with position we’ve taken, in other cases so much of the criticism, so much of the disagreement with our course of action, this is based on misinformation, I looked at the release put out by the teachers my god they say that before we take it to the house, before we do anything about the suggested amendment my god there is nothing to go to the house, there is nothing that the government is doing this is a decision of the court that has struck down 53 it has already happened but that is what a rarely worries me that if at the levels of teachers those who are in charge of educating our children of training our young minds if they can so fundamentally misunderstand what has happened you see the difficulties that I am dealing with but we are absolutely sure of two things; one, that the judgment of the Chief Justice is contained between very narrow limits and two, that we would stand very little chance on winning an appeal and perhaps and three, this does not open the door to same sex marriage or anything of that sort.”
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