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Sep 9, 2016

Time ticking for appeal; ruling on sex definition was not asked for

Dean Barrow

The decision of the Supreme Court on Section Fifty-three was perfected on August twenty-sixth, effectively commencing a twenty-one day period during which government, as well as the churches, can challenge the ruling.  The appeal, aside from the call of the churches, was equally prompted by the fact that the interpretation of sex came after the Human Dignity Trust signed on to the challenge as an interested party with that clarification as its primary agenda.


Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“The order was faired on the twenty-sixth of August and there would be twenty-one days within which to have the appeal lodged.  Government will make certain that that window doesn’t close on us. There is one point that should be made that I think is of the utmost importance.  The AG advises me that claimant Orozco did not ask in the court below for that extended definition of sex in the Constitution.  That was not part of his case.  In fact, it was interested party called the Human Dignity Trust which is not even Belizean that got itself inscribed on the record as an interested party that made that particular claim and succeeded.  That was another factor that motivated government in coming to the decision that that aspect of the ruling has to be challenged because not even Caleb Orozco asked for that.”

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