Recently, executive director of United Belize Advocacy Movement (UNIBAM), Caleb Orozco, and a compatriot visited the Organization of American States (OAS) to complain about Belize as a country that violates human rights against homosexuals.
Reactions at home have been one of shock, but the Prime Minister said that this agenda is high priority in the international community and the perception of violence against gays that the gay community in Belize is promoting internationally, has consequences that cannot be ignored.
Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow: “But that is their right and we need to recognize that these issues are very high on the international agenda, and while I have to be conscious of the position most notably of the churches, as a society, we must accept that there are going to be consequences to what is being perceived as a denial of protection to the LGBT community”.
On Independence Day last year, the Prime Minister’s speech was heralded by homosexual activists while very concerning for the church.
As the culture wars rage on in Belize, it is not expected to come to an end any time soon, even as the country awaits the decision of Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin on Orozco’s suit over the alleged unconstitutionality of Section 53 of the Criminal Code, argued nearly one year ago next month.