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Aug 18, 2016

B.P.P. Leader Says Homosexuality is a Life Choice, Not a Human Rights Issue

Patrick Rogers

During a press conference on the Section Fifty-three decision on Wednesday, PM Barrow flatly refused to answer a question concerning his personal stance on LGBT issues, claiming that it was “not the right forum” to do so.  Today, Party Leader of the Belize Progressive Party Patrick Rogers claimed that Barrow was hiding behind the judgment and making believe that the deck is not stacked against the churches. Rogers also gave his own opinion; though, as he points out, only one thing really matters:

 

Patrick Rogers, Party Leader, B.P.P.

“He’s hiding behind the poor judge – he don’t want to take a question that Jules asked him, the way I’m sitting here today telling you that where Patrick is concerned is not relevant; it is where the majority of our people will vote, that, you know, the morality of the country is – but I don’t – I’m not ashamed of saying: Patrick as a man that believes in family values, in the supremacy of God, I see it as a life choice that I don’t have a problem with. I’m not gonna say that it’s a human right that I don’t have a problem with – clearly, I know my spirituality and my moral compass tells me it’s a life choice. But that’s not relevant, what Patrick thinks; it’s not relevant even what the B.P.P.’s position is. What is very much relevant in a society like Belize in 2016 that has been regressing to dictatorial democracy, we would like to see a shift back to participatory democracy, where the people can weigh in on where the moral and spiritual values of this country lie. I will not sit by idly and accept a judge ruling, and his ruling is heavily influenced by conventions that this country have signed on to, determine where the morality and spirituality of this country is at.”

 

The People’s United Party also issued a statement late this evening stating that notwithstanding its belief that the people should ultimately determine how they should live, it respects the decision of the Supreme Court.  Likewise, the P.U.P. says it also respects the right of the interested parties to appeal the decision.

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3 Responses for “B.P.P. Leader Says Homosexuality is a Life Choice, Not a Human Rights Issue”

  1. Belizean Pride says:

    I guess it’s time for me to turn a B.P.P fan, the PUP feels comfy with the decision Barrow seems content as to what happen, did we just sit and let them do as they please? We should stop this crap of voting red or blue. I’m thinking going green now cause really these bunch of fools have no idea what the people want but what is more for their interest.

  2. The Truth says:

    Of course it’s not a “life choice”… who would willingly choose to be gay in a place like Belize? Or in places like Jamaica or Uganda where you can get killed for coming out?? …smh… Read a science book sometime!

  3. CEO says:

    Exactly correct Patrick, but they (not we) should have the right to choose!

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