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Sep 16, 2016

NEAB & the Roman Catholic Church Appeal Section 53 Decision

Lance Lewis

The government has agreed to appeal a section of the ruling on Section Fifty-three of the Criminal Code on the issue of sexual orientation. That has opened a window for churches to appeal the ruling in its entirety. This afternoon, the Roman Catholic Church and the National Evangelical Association of Belize, splintered from the Belize Association of Evangelical Churches almost a year ago, formally joined the fray following the Section Fifty-three decision issued by Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin a month ago. Both parties filed for leave to appeal the decision as an interested party. We spoke this evening with the Association’s President, Pastor Lance Lewis.


Pastor Lance Lewis, President, NEAB

“Well, today we signed on to be an interested party in the case to appeal the ruling that the Chief Justice made recently. So we formally signed on that we are an interested party. So that is what we did today.”



“Does that involve any sort of court hearing; you have to go back to court at another time?”


Pastor Lance Lewis

“We have to wait to see what comes out of this and then if it moves on then we can make the appeal and then the Caribbean Court…but we just have to wait and see where it goes, but we are hoping for the best.”



“We also understand that the Roman Catholic Church, who is one of the original interested parties, has also filed?”


Pastor Lance Lewis

“They filed this morning.”



“Well I probably should ask them, but is that a direct appeal?”


Pastor Lance Lewis

“It is an appeal…similar to what we did, but they were a partner to the case, as an interested party and we were not. But the opportunity came to us to sign as an interested party and we did that today.”



“You do not replace the Association of Evangelical Churches, who has went clearly on the record that they are not appealing the decision.”


Pastor Lance Lewis

“They are BAEC; we are the National Evangelical Association of Belize…we are on our own. We are doing it on our own. We are doing it because we think it is the right thing to do.”


The Evangelical Association is represented by attorneys Richard “Dickie” Bradley, Christopher Coye and Senior Counsel Michel Chebat.

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2 Responses for “NEAB & the Roman Catholic Church Appeal Section 53 Decision”

  1. Firewalker says:

    The church needs to stay out of peoples bedrooms and spend more time and money on the teachers and the schools.

  2. CEO says:

    The largest known violators of minors by their leaders are in court with this. Why not start by cleaning your own house?

    They knew and covered it up for generations.

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