Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin to give decision on the UNIBAM Sodomy lawsuit

Three years ago Caleb Orosco and UNIBAM, defended by Lisa M. Shoman and a host of international lawyers, asked the Belize Supreme Court to Strike down Belize’s law which makes sodomy and bestiality illegal acts. Section 53 of the Belize Criminal Code states,  “Every person who has carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any person or animal shall be liable to imprisonment for ten years.” The Government of Belize said they would defend the law but it was really the Churches of Belize who made an outcry against Orosco’s attempt. The churches actually found out about the case by error and joined the lawsuit as an Interested Party and hired high powered lawyers such as Eamon Courtney and Michel Chebat to battle in court on Behalf of the Church to preserve the nation’s morality. Christians consider S53 as a “Gatekeeper” Law that helps to keep at bay the teaching of gender fluidity in schools, bathroom gender wars, same sex marriage, and public displays of Gay parades in the streets. Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin had reserved ruling after hearing arguments on all sides and now, three years later, it appears that his ruling will finally be made. That ruling is to be made on Wednesday, July 27th, 2016. It has been a long awaited ruling and follows another recent ruling from the Caribbean Court of Justice in the  case brought by Maurice Thomlinson. On June 10, 2016, just 11 days ago , the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) dismissed the application in its original jurisdiction by the homosexual Jamaican attorney against the immigration laws of Belize and Trinidad and Tobago. Tomlinson alleged that the existence of laws purporting to deny homosexuals and prostitutes entry into both nations discriminated against his right to free movement under the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas; however the court found that he had no valid reason to assume his rights would not be respected under either state’s law, since he had provided no evidence of same. Now, Belize is awaiting the Chief Justice’s ruling on the Caleb Orosco case; a ruling expected in just over 5 weeks.

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