US Ambassador Presents Credentials to Governor General Amidst Protests

vlcsnap-2014-06-24-18h25m03s199It is official. Retired U.S. judge Carlos Moreno, after giving his credentials to the Governor General of Belize His Excellency Sir Colville Young at the Belize House in Belmopan, was sworn in as the new U.S. Ambassador to Belize.

But not everyone was happy.  A handful of people lead by Patrick Menzies held a small protest in front of the Belize House. They protested against the appointment of Carlos Moreno as the US Ambassador to Belize, saying that he is here to advance the LGBT agenda.

vlcsnap-2014-06-24-18h24m28s92 Patrick Menzies- President of Belize Can

 “Well, I am here because the new ambassador of the United States of Belize is presenting his credentials and we  oppose the fact that he is the only judge that went against Prop 8, which goes in favour of families in California, and  was selected by Obama just like he did to the Dominican Republic of sending them a homosexual ambassador; we  have one that supports the LGBT agenda and mentioned as ai read in the news that he is going to teach us how to  obey international laws.  My word to Obama and Mr. Moreno is to keep your abomination in Obama’s new nation in his White House.  This is not Obamanation; this is Belize.  We have a constitution, and we reject Obama, Moreno or anyone who comes here and try and tell us to change our constitution to fix Obama’s trash”.

vlcsnap-2014-06-24-20h07m19s141vlcsnap-2014-06-24-20h07m09s242Reporter:  “For those who don’t understand, what exactly is it that’s the threat that is perceived as coming from this U.S. ambassador”.

Patrick Menzies: “That is a very good question, thank you.  The threat that is perceived is the statement that he made that he basically said that he is going to teach us to obey international law. In my understanding the reality is (and I could be wrong; I wish could be if I am) the U.S. ambassador is an agent of the  U.S. center of their democracy, not homosexuality.  But this is Obama’s new democracy; his new democracy is homosexuality and that is why we reject it because this man was the only judge that fought against Prop 8 in California which defended family against gay marriage.  This man has tried and come very evident to come and teach us a lesson.  The only lesson he wants to teach us is about the good lessons of America; America has ‘great’ things.   Bring us and show us the ‘great things’ and if you want to withhold your money, keep it!   We can eat bananas and mangoes before we eat your beef-stake and go to hell and damn our nation, because the Bible teaches that the land will be cursed because of homosexuality”.

As we said earlier, it was only a hand full of people that joined the protest- five persons, inclusive of Menzies.  He was asked why other vocal opposers of the LGBT agenda were not present.

Reporter:  “But I don’t see some of the most vocal figures in the old anti LBGT movement here.  I think of Pastor Strim right here in Belmopan, I think of Mr. Louis Wade who has been strident anti LGBT.  You are isolated”.

Patrick Menzies:  “Yes, do you know something?  That is very good to know it because the reality is, I can’t speak for them.   I can speak for myself.  You see, a U.S. soldier said for once, the U.S. military does not back down, and so, I am not here because others are not here.  I am out here because I believe in what I believe and I believe into the core of my being”.

After the credentials at the Governor General’s house, Carlos Moreno, as the new US Ambassador to Belize, told the media that there is no agenda.

vlcsnap-2014-06-24-19h19m46s246 H. E. Carlos Moreno- United States Ambassador to Belize

 “From the perspective of the United States, there is no LGBT agenda.  I think that the mission of the United States is  to promote all Human Rights perspective to all groups, whether these groups are marginalized or non  marginalized.  To say that this is homosexual or LGBT, I think that is off the mark.  The United States has its own  constitution which I interpret with the fidelity to the law that applies to the United States.  I would not presume to  apply the law or take a position on any matters that are based upon the Belizean law; that certainly is not my province”.

Two legal matters facing Belize concerning the LGBT community are:

(1) the case against Belize’s Immigration Laws, which is being challenged by Jamaican gay activist Maurice Tomlinson at the CCJ, and

(2) the case against section 53 of the sodomy laws of Belize, which is being challenged at the Belize Supreme Court by Belizean gay activist Caleb Orozco.

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