Caleb Orosco says “stars are aligning” with Barrow’s Gender Neutral Rape Bill

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vlcsnap-2013-10-04-07h16m48s75Are the stars lining up for UNIBAM and Caleb Orosco? Well, that is what Gay Star News has reported as coming from the mouth of Mr Orosco. On the online article titled “Belize prepares for gay sex law to be axed.” , the article says, “While much more work is needed, Orozco told Gay Star News he was delighted with progress, saying: ‘It seems the stars are aligning for us.’ But what progress is that? As far as the country of Belize knows, everyone is awaiting the CJ’s ruling on Orosco vs the constitutionality of Belize’s sodomy laws! But according to the article, a  ruling from the court on the constitutionality of Section 53 has been expected since July. This we all know. But what the article says is that “ experts say it is likely before Christmas.” Who those experts are and how they are privy to such information is unknown. The article reads,  “UNIBAM is still awaiting a ruling on the case in May, which appeared to go well. But in the meantime, the government appears to be preparing.”  The preparation they are referring to is the new bill that was just read in the National Assembly on Friday. This, coupled with the Prime Minister’s Independence Day address for which he has been commended by the LGBT community, has apparently given the LGBT community a sense of assurance that they have it “in the bag”. The GAY STAR article also said that the Prime Minister of Belize is following in the footsteps of his wife on the LGBT issue, referring to the Independence Day speech and Kim Barrow’s speech on International Day of Homophobia. The article further states that “ recent government moves indicate they [the government] accept the court may rule the gay sex ban is unconstitutional and has to be altered or scrapped. In the latest development, they are amending other areas of the law so male rape would be criminalized properly if the gay part of the penal code is axed……..A new bill would change Section 46 of the criminal code – putting male anal or oral rape on a par with female rape for the first time.” The LGBT community sees this as vital to counter anti-gay churches who have argued scrapping Section 53 would leave no protection for boys and men who are raped.”  Interestingly, the international article specifies when the second reading of this bill will be done in Belize’s National Assembly. It states that “the new bill will have its second reading on 8 October”. Well, we wanted to know how it was possible that the Belizean media would not be aware of when the next house meeting would be but Caleb Orosco and the LGBT would know. But when we called the National Assembly to verify if that is indeed true, we were told that they know of  no date which has been set as yet for the next house meeting.

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