Evangelical Association Requests GOB to Appeal S.53 Ruling

The National Evangelical Association of Belize (NEAB) is calling upon the Prime Minister of Belize to appeal the ruling of the Chief Justice on the Section 53 lawsuit.  On August 10th,  some three years after the close of the Caleb Orozco vs Attorney General case on the constitutionality of Belize’s buggery law,  the Chief Justice gave his landmark judgement that  decriminalized sodomy between consenting adults. According to the National Evangelical Association, “in a mere 4 hours, 11 Denominational Overseers and 132 National Pastors responded by text saying they support the request for the Government to appeal the decision. The controversial points of the Chief Justice’s ruling, which we disagree with, violate fundamental beliefs and convictions of the religious community in Belize, as well as the overwhelming majority of the Belizean populace opposing this ruling.” According to the release issued today, the Evangelical Association says that “The Chief Justice undoubtedly over-reached the scope of his office in redefining the Constitutional term “sex” as to include “sexual orientation,” a move that in other countries has required the amending of their Constitution by adding those specific words to secure that specific meaning.”

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