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Aug 29, 2016

P.U.P. Does About Turn on Section 53; It Now Wants Appeal

John Briceño

The People’s United Party is also calling for an appeal of the Supreme Court decision on Section Fifty-three of the Criminal Code.  In the days following the landmark ruling, the P.U.P. stated that it respected the decision of the Supreme Court as the rule of law.  Today, however it has made an about turn, demanding that government appeal the judgment and have the court provide clarity on the interpretation of sex in the context of gender.


John Briceño, Leader of the Opposition

“We are urging the government to appeal the Section Fifty-three ruling for and on behalf of the people of Belize.  What is happening is that when you take a close look at the judgment and there is just one part of the judgment that most people are against and they are concerned, and that is the issue about the new interpretation of sex to mean sexual orientation.  And when you have so many citizens demanding clarity on that portion of the ruling then I think it is the responsibility of the government to appeal to get clarity whichever way it will happen, to go to the Court of Appeal and if necessary to the Caribbean Court of Justice.  I said that on Thursday on Open Your Eyes after studying this, that that is the position of the party and I want to go one step further, that on such a fundamental issue like this the party is allowing everybody to take whatever position that they believe in, what are their principles, what are their core beliefs.  And so it’s not that the party is going to take one strict or specific position but it is allowing its members to support in whichever way that they believe.  But when it comes to the actual appeal, we believe that it’s the government’s responsibility to appeal to get clarity on that section of the ruling.”

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4 Responses for “P.U.P. Does About Turn on Section 53; It Now Wants Appeal”

  1. Joe Blank says:

    Where is the strategic vision in this party?? You have too many privileged insiders who are blessed with political inheritance thinking for party supporters who are smarter than any of them.

  2. aldo says:

    he should as his son for an opinion.

  3. Jake says:

    According to Section 53 of the Belize Criminal Code, “Every person who has carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any person … shall be liable to imprisonment for 10 years.”[4] It was argued in the challenge to Section 53 of the Criminal Code that homosexuality per se is not illegal, but any sexual act which is not the “sexual congress of a phallus inserted into a vagina” is illegal, including oral sex, anal sex between heterosexual or homosexual persons, masturbation, etc.[5] Section 53 was overturned on 10 August 2016 as a violation of the Constitution of Belize.[1]

    While sodomy bans in The Bahamas were removed by the legislature in 1991 and bans in the British Overseas Territories were overturned in 2000 by a UK Order in Council, Belize’s sodomy ban was the first one in a former British colony in the Caribbean to be judicially overturned.[6][7] It was also the last sodomy ban in Central America to be struck down.[8]

  4. aij says:

    i don’t understand what is hard to understand? 2 consenting adults can have sex. they do not need to appeal ANYTHING.

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