Belize Decriminalizes Gay Sex, Raising Hopes for Other Caribbean Countries


“Belize’s Supreme Court yesterday struck down an anti-sodomy law dating from the colonial era .. …..” Step by step. .Another small victory …….

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A report by Dominic Preston for Frontiers Media.

Belize’s Supreme Court yesterday struck down an anti-sodomy law dating from the colonial era, sparking hope among activists and legal experts that it could influence similar campaigns and legal cases across the Caribbean.

Section 53 of Belize’s Criminal Code, an old British colonial law, banned ‘carnal intercourse against the order of nature’, effectively criminalizing consensual gay sex. There were few convictions under the law, which threatened up to 10 years in prison, but it worked to stigmatize gay men in the country.

Now, six years after a lawsuit was first filed by gay rights activist Caleb Orozco, Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin agreed that Section 53 amounts to a violation of the constitutional rights to dignity, privacy, equality and non-discrimination on grounds of sex.

“In striking down Section 53, Belize has also rejected a poisonous remnant of colonial rule,” Orozco said…

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I'm originally from Puerto Rico. I was born in Santurce and raised in Rio Piedras. Have lived in Florida since 1999. I have a doctorate degree in Medicine; completed in 1976. My Internal Medicine specialty was completed in 1979. Worked for Puerto Rico's health system until 1985. At this time, I'm happily retired after working for the federal government for almost 28yrs. I want to offer any knowledge that I have to anyone "out there" who is interested. My views are liberal in almost every sense. My knowledge is "eclectic" - a bit of everything. Music and reading are my passion. Blogging has also become a very interesting endeavor. Metaphysical topics attract me. I'm interested in news reporting human issues like injustice, discrimination and abuse - the "wrongly" affected. My intention is to bring this knowledge to an understandable level and to help anyone in need. I'm open to questions and will answer them to the best of my ability. Currently working on an enterprise whose main mission will be to bring peoples of all walks of life together. To be one .... since we ALL are ONE!! The future looks bright and promising!!!

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