Lawyers for Caleb Orosco, litigant in tomorrow’s constitutional court challenge to the sodomy law, flew in today. Orosco hosted a press conference flanked by media representative Nyasha Laing and attorney representing the UWI Law Faculty Rights Advocacy Project (URAP), Westmin James. Orozco fielded questions central to the case, including whether human rights can be reconciled with the rights of homosexuals. Orozco maintained that Belize’s authorities have ignored the LGBT community.
My followers respect the right of its religious opponent to be nutty on the street, and nutty on TV. We have no need to prove that we’re more right than our religious opponents. Why? Because we respect the rights of our religious opponents to say what they’ve got to say. If we didn’t we would have brought a lawsuit against the Church, and let’s be clear, the Church inserted themselves in this case. They will argue otherwise. The Church felt it was their business to correct LGBT citizens’ fundamental rights. We did not ask the Church to insert themselves in this case. It is my assumption that when Belizeans go to elections every five years they elect leaders of party, not jobs to determine the morality of this country. Beyond that you speak to the idea of force. Let me tell you, the US Government and the British Government is now forcing anybody to the Supreme Court. I am, let’s make that very clear, I am forcing the issue to the Supreme Court.
Meanwhile, Orosco’s attorneys likened the homosexual cause to that of slavery. And while Orosco and his team of lawyers were addressing the media, the government and church and their team of lawyers were also preparing for tomorrow’s case. PlusNews understands that the Attorney General is submitting to the court that the matter should not even be in the court but in the domain of the legislature to change the law, citing that the matter is a divisive one at the core of public morality within Belize and that it has immense social impact. As we said, the case goes to trial tomorrow, Tuesday. In anticipation of that, some concerned Belizeans will be meeting in Belize City at the steps of the Supreme Court for intercessory prayer and worship tonight. That begins at 7 pm and all concerned Belizeans are invited to attend.