Friday, May 10, 2013

More death threats for Belize gay rights campaigner

Caleb Orozco is attempting to reverse colonial-era laws in Belize that criminalize homosexuality.
     He has been subject to death threats and, most recently, vandalism on his car.
     Today, a four-day hearing by the country's supreme court will end. The judges will rule on the constitutionality of section 53 of Belize's criminal code, outlawing "carnal intercourse" between consenting adults of the same sex.

     Belize's main churches have formally joined the court case, opposing decriminalisation. Bishop Phillip Wright, head of the Anglican community in Belize, said he did not see "homosexual behaviour as consistent with the witness of scripture" but deplored intimidation.
     In an interview with Channel 5, a local Catholic priest, Ian Taylor, took a different approach, declaring: "Globally it has been determined by states that violence against homosexuals is highest within the homosexual communities itself. First of all the victim syndrome that they tend to portray is actually within the community itself – they are aggressive against each other, and less from those who are considered heterosexual."

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for helping to spread awareness of our case. Susun Wilkinson