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Aug 15, 2016

P.U.P. Senator Applauds Section 53 Decision As “Significant Victory”

Valerie Woods

It’s been several months since a Senate Meeting has been held, despite several incidents of national importance; including, the B.T.L. Arbitration Award, the state of the economy, surging crime and the saga of William “Danny” Mason and his alleged connections with U.D.P. ministers. But at today’s senate meeting, Opposition Senator Valerie Woods recognized the ruling on the constitutionality – or rather unconstitutionality – of Section Fifty-Three of the Criminal Code that criminalized same sex intercourse. Woods says the judgment is a significant victory for the region.

 

Valerie Woods, P.U.P. Senator

“While it is of national importance to Belize, it is a significant victory for human rights…yes in Belize, in the region and indeed for human rights worldwide. Specifically because of this ruling made by Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin, it states specifically the right not to be discriminated, the right to privacy, the right to be treated with dignity no matter the race, religion or sexual orientation or identity. So indeed it is a good day for Belize and it is a good day for human rights. And while I recognize that there are so many in our society who do not support the ruling, who do not agree with the ruling for various reasons, I am certain that the honorable members of this chamber will join me in stating that notwithstanding those disagreements, at no time should we agree that there should be violence discrimination or hatred because you disagree with the ruling.”

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2 Responses for “P.U.P. Senator Applauds Section 53 Decision As “Significant Victory””

  1. truth speaker says:

    the right not to be discriminated?!?!?! we have to be careful what we are signing up for… I believe that I have the right to say i will not tolerate sodomy in my Hotel nor in the house that i rent; But denying a gay couple that would be discriminating hence i would be the one to commit an offense. I believe i should have the right as a religious minister to not conduct a wedding for homosexuals- but in the case marriage becomes legal here, then i would be the one committing an offense by saying no. If I am a cake decorator and refuse to make a wedding cake for a gay marriage I would be the one committing an offense. If i am a plastic surgeon and a male comes to me for breast implants, i will not be able to deny him because that would be committing the offense of discrimination. We have to realize giving them that RIGHT take away our rights to act on what we believe. When it comes to medical attention, NO doctor has the right to turn away anyone; doctors make an oath and MUST to attend even the man who raped his mother, so homosexuals would not be denied medical emergencies and urgencies. Wake up Belize.

  2. domino says:

    The court is not GIVING anyone a right, but instead REAFFIRMING a right that has existed the entire time. If you want to be a member of a free and just society, you must treat all individuals with the same respect and dignity you expect in return. This entire defense in this lawsuit was the brainchild of bigoted American individuals who saw their last chances of enshrining hate in their own constitution fade, then decided to refocus their battle in Belize and LOST! HA! Let all the dominos now fall and lay bare the truth that LGBT individuals are full and equal human beings in this world!

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