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Feb 4, 2011

Caleb Orozco and UNIBAM take gay rights to the Courts

Caleb Orozco

A first of its kind lawsuit has been brought against the Attorney General’s office involving sexual orientation. Caleb Orozco and the United Belize Advocacy Movement (UNIBAM) have filed a constitutional case, challenging section fifty-three of the Criminal Code. The section reads “Every person who has carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any person or animal shall be liable to imprisonment for ten years.” That, Orozco says, criminalizes consensual physical relationships between gays and lesbians.  UNIBAM is using sections three, six and fourteen of the constitution as a basis for their arguments. The Church State system of education is not expected to have any sympathy for UNIBAM. The date of the case has not been set but it is expected to come up shortly as it was filed since last year. News Five spoke to Orozco about his lawsuit.

Caleb Orozco, Executive President, UNIBAM

“It looks at the issue of privacy and recognizing human dignity, it looks at arbitration and protection of arbitrary searches and interference of privacy and it looks at equal protection under the law.”

Delahnie Bain

“What spurred this movement?”

Caleb Orozco

“Not so much what spurred the movement but the context of it is that there is a discussion all over the world where there are certain laws in countries which discriminate against sexual minority groups in particular countries. The problem with those laws is that it’s used as an extortion tool, it’s used as an intimidation weapon and it’s used to harass; even if the laws aren’t routinely enforced. What we seek to do is read down the law in such a way that it clarifies the right of persons in consensual intimate relationships once and for all.”

Delahnie Bain

“You mentioned to me earlier that this is something that’s also being looked at in the Caribbean?”

Caleb Orozco

“In terms of looking at the Human Rights issues and human rights needs of the L.G.B.T. population, there are other partners that we have been working with for the last three years to assess the human rights needs across the Caribbean region. One particular partner at this moment, had filed a constitutional challenge addressing the issue of discrimination against transgender people in Guyana. I will accept that there will be fear mongers out there trying to use with a message that the sky is falling, but the reality is that this challenge is simply part of a larger evolution of groups who are dissatisfied with the equal treatment under the law seeking redress. This is one tool that we’re using in a democratic society.”

Orozco says that if the case is successful, it would be the first of many steps that need to be taken to address discrimination against sexual minority groups.

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67 Responses for “Caleb Orozco and UNIBAM take gay rights to the Courts”

  1. Earl Grey says:

    Leviticus 18:22, reads:

    “You shall not lie with a man as one lies with a woman, it is an abomination.

  2. chabelli says:

    to hell with them people

  3. Nightlife says:

    Power to you Caleb!!!!!!

  4. PrdBlzn says:

    great i am so excited and so proud of Caleb. It will not be easy but we have to win and not let haters like whatever their names are P.M and pstr whatever lol

  5. PrdBlzn says:

    I am so excited for this case i hope Caleb and his team win I am a proud young gay belizean and i am not ashamed. While i was living in orange walk my parthner and i were harrased on several ocasions by police officers who at one point arrested my partner, they wanted to arrest me too. and when i asked on what basis they said (did you know gay illegal ina belize) i sais (NO BIENG GAY IS NOT ILLEGAL, THE ACT OF SODOMY IS ILLEGAL. BUT YOU CANT DO ME ANYTHING UNLESS YOU CAN PROVE IT. AT WHICH POIN YOU WOULD HAVE TO HAVE ME EXAMINED AND WITHOUT MY CONCENT? THAT MEANS I COULD SEW YOU FOR ILLEGAL ACTIVITY.) true their might not be cases for prosecuting sodomy acts but yes we gays are harrased, by police officers, i know of my case and other friends where they are extorted by police officers. only with caleb winning will this be able to be controled

  6. I Belive in the Word Of God says:

    Our freedom is in Jesus, Why Change the things only for your own carnal desires? Belize Belong To Jesus and we have to fallow him. But any way, the human always bring destruction for himself. But We are in time to say no to the sins… My Contry Belize no is a garbage collector.

  7. Nah says:

    I am very proud of what UNIBAM is doing i hope the case goes in their favour. Being a Christian I believe that everyone is entitled to be happy no matter what their sexual orientation is. As a matter of fact not many the Catholic church is so Christian after all many priests sexually molest innocent children and the issue gets covered up.

  8. Paco Belmopan says:

    When you buy a machine, you also need a manual which is given with the purchase . We readily go to the manual in order to be sure how to handle it correctly and most efficiently. now, we have not made ourselves, and therefore, also need a manual, to know how to handle ourselves . The same manual (it is available) also why we were created, and, for what purpose. We were created for the purpose that God would dwell and make home in us. He wants to make us eventually just like Him in life and expression. If you use your body an any other way than prescribed in the manual, it will result in disturbed peace of mind, and multiple other problems–I mean, endless, and extensive problems. No joke. Living according to the manual, makes everything work normal. remember, the manual is never outdated, being the eternal Word of God, spoken by the same ONE who made us. Talk to HIM! It will bless you.

  9. melishacastillo says:

    we are all human and i strongly agree that if we have rits as peole that homosexuals should live a life of thier own , i guess what am sayin is that that is ones personal life and we should not get involved with it . leave the people to live thier lives if you are a homosexual then so be it it is not a crime to love the same sex nor is it a crime to love the opposit sex .

  10. rasheda elijio says:

    there is ntn wrng wit these ppl……………let them live their live and be happy……………….sumtimes we fail 2 realize that we are all humans nun of us are perfect……………caleb is happy with d way he is den so b it…………………….d churches are so hypocritical…………..they see ntn wrng when d priest and pastors fooling aroun with the little boys…………………but yet they hv a big problem wit gays…………….well i am wit caleb orozco………..fite for ur rites….

  11. fairplay says:

    God made Adam for Eve, he didn’t make him for Steve. Its ashame….why Belize???? Not Believe please take your nastiness some place else. please Mr. Orozco please

  12. Ven speak the truth says:

    Quite frankly I don’t give one mind whats your sexual orientation.You want be gay be gay but do it in your home.You want challenge the law of Belize just because it doesn’t allow you to do what you want who are you to do that?Caleb you don’t know what destruction you are bringing on our Country,you could be gay all day and night until the day you die but don’t take down the country with you.Dude and by the way why don’t you just migrate to the US you won’t have any issues there.If you reply to me and say that you’ll move I would raise the money for your plane ticket and a little spending money.And all you other gays out there President Obama is making it easy for you guys or should I say girls, and I would think that you know that 2 men and 2 women cant bring a life into the world so your not just being selfish your also being ANTI LIFE!People don’t turn us into Sodom and Gomorrah.
    I just pray that God almighty has mercy on us who are not involved in your sin,but the good always end up suffering for the evil.
    I pray that God Opens your eyes Caleb Orsco for your own good because believe me your going straight to the fiery pit when you leave this earth sorry but that’s the way the cookie crumbles

  13. instructed of God says:

    God is a God of justice if this case is won by caleb what happen to all of our rights it will be that our rights as belizeans are not rights it will be ok for him and his gay friends to roam our streets and make there sexual acts ok yes it may be ok in there eyes but not in the eyes of God for the word of God says if a man lay with an man as they should lay with a worman it is an abomination Belize and if we condone these people and there beastly ways in our nation sad to say we as a nation will be punish with them my people lets stand up along with the churches and anyone who dare to stand up against satan caleb and UNIBAM and let rightousness prevail over Belize

  14. BULL says:

    I QUOTE Caleb Orozco WHEREBY HE says “that if the case is successful, it would be the first of many steps that need to be taken to address discrimination against sexual minority groups”.THIS GROUP OF PEOPLE IS NOT IN ANY SCENE A MINORITY GROUP. THEY ARE ONE OF THE FEW LARGE GROUPS THAT KNOWS THAT THE RIGHT THEY ARE LOOKING FOR IS ONLY TO GET THE LAW ON THEIR SIDE, THEY KNOW THAT MANY OF THE POLITICIANS TODAY WOULD SELL HEAVEN TO OBTAIN SEAT IN GOVERNMENT.PLEASE READ THE INTRODUCTION ABOUT HOW THESE PEOPLE ARE VIOLENT.
    The Hamilton Square Baptist Church intended its Sunday evening worship service to be a blessing to the congregation. It turned out, however, to be their worst nightmare. What happened that night will remind you of what took place in the ancient city of Sodom on the eve of its destruction. Be warned. This is not a story for the faint-hearted.
    It all began when Pastor Lou Sheldon, founder of the Traditional Values Coalition, was invited to the church to speak on the topic of homosexuality. Homosexual activists caught wind of the meeting and leaked the story to the San Francisco press.
    The Bay Area Reporter responded quickly and published a front-page article using language guaranteed to inflame the local homosexual community. Immediately, an avalanche of telephone calls began pouring into the church, demanding the guest speaker not be allowed to speak.
    By the time the service began, the church property was swarming with homosexual and lesbian demonstrators. Alarmed that the situation was out of control, Pastor David Innes called the authorities and asked for more police backup. Innes could hardly believe his ears when he was told, “This is San Francisco.” What followed is best described by one who was there.
    “Pastor Charles and Donna McIlhenny were refused entry by the rioters. … The doors were completely blocked. … Pastor McIlhenny held on to Donna as they began to make their way through the mob who were shouting and screaming in their ears, ‘You will not enter this church!’ The rioters assaulted them, pushing and shoving them, seeking to keep them from the front door. One of them grabbed Donna’s body, lifting her off the ground, and another put his arms completely around her, attempting to pull her back away from the entry. She stretched her arms out for help from a nearby police officer who offered her no assistance. Her son, seeing she was in trouble, pleaded with the officers to assist her. The officers … were unable to take control of the situation. …
    “As they made their way past the three officers at the door they were pelted by rocks … The rioters removed the Christian flag from the flagpole and attached the gay flag under the U.S. flag … When the caretaker … attempted to remove the gay flag, he was assaulted and pelted with eggs. … A single parent who is a church member and her six-year-old daughter were told they could not enter the building. A rioter grabbed her daughter’s arm as she was clinging to her mother and began interrogating her. … The rioters then laid down in the intersection of Geary and Franklin Streets, blocking all traffic. … A woman demonstrator exposed her bare breasts to church members present in the area. … People were shouted at and threatened by the rioters as they made their way to their cars, called ‘Christian bigots,’ hypocrites, fascists, homophobes, and other expletives, some obscene. … When the rioters saw children standing in the lobby, they shouted, ‘We want your children! Give us your children!’… A nine-year-old boy was crying in hysterics. ‘They are after me. It’s me they want.’ … In spite of all this malicious disruption, not a single arrest was made by the police.”1
    It’s difficult to believe this could happen in twentieth century AMERICA, isn’t it? We might gain some comfort if this were an isolated case, but unfortunately it isn’t. Members of Calvary Chapel in Costa Mesa, California, also found themselves the focus of homosexual demonstrators. Angry over the church’s outreach to the Orange County gay community, militant homosexuals invaded the church’s Sunday morning service. Filling aisles, they shouted and fondled themselves in full view of families in the congregation.2
    Another incredible incident involved a Family Concerns Conference brunch at First Baptist Church in Atlanta where a group of AIDS demonstrators infiltrated the meeting and threw hundreds of condoms at the attendees while chanting “safer sex saves lives.” No arrests were made even though the police had to remove the demonstrators from the church’s private property.3
    You shouldn’t be overly surprised by these stories. Jesus predicted such things would happen near the end of time. “Likewise as it was also in the days of Lot: They ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. Even so will it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed.” Luke 17:28-30 .
    The truth of the matter is that our world has arrived at the day Jesus predicted. It is modern Sodom. Let’s take a look at just how closely contemporary society fulfils this prophecy. THESE PEOPLE ARE VERY DANGEROUS , THEY ARE SETTING US UP SO THAT WE CAN FEEL THE FULL WRATH OF GOD……..NEXT TIME GOD BLESS

  15. BULL says:

    I QUOTE Caleb Orozco WHEREBY HE says “that if the case is successful, it would be the first of many steps that need to be taken to address discrimination against sexual minority groups”.THIS GROUP OF PEOPLE IS NOT IN ANY SCENE A MINORITY GROUP. THEY ARE ONE OF THE FEW LARGE GROUPS THAT KNOWS THAT THE RIGHT THEY ARE LOOKING FOR IS ONLY TO GET THE LAW ON THEIR SIDE, THEY KNOW THAT MANY OF THE POLITICIANS TODAY WOULD SELL HEAVEN TO OBTAIN SEAT IN GOVERNMENT.PLEASE READ THE INTRODUCTION ABOUT HOW THESE PEOPLE ARE VIOLENT.
    The Hamilton Square Baptist Church intended its Sunday evening worship service to be a blessing to the congregation. It turned out, however, to be their worst nightmare. What happened that night will remind you of what took place in the ancient city of Sodom on the eve of its destruction. Be warned. This is not a story for the faint-hearted.
    It all began when Pastor Lou Sheldon, founder of the Traditional Values Coalition, was invited to the church to speak on the topic of homosexuality. Homosexual activists caught wind of the meeting and leaked the story to the San Francisco press.
    The Bay Area Reporter responded quickly and published a front-page article using language guaranteed to inflame the local homosexual community. Immediately, an avalanche of telephone calls began pouring into the church, demanding the guest speaker not be allowed to speak.
    By the time the service began, the church property was swarming with homosexual and lesbian demonstrators. Alarmed that the situation was out of control, Pastor David Innes called the authorities and asked for more police backup. Innes could hardly believe his ears when he was told, “This is San Francisco.” What followed is best described by one who was there.
    “Pastor Charles and Donna McIlhenny were refused entry by the rioters. … The doors were completely blocked. … Pastor McIlhenny held on to Donna as they began to make their way through the mob who were shouting and screaming in their ears, ‘You will not enter this church!’ The rioters assaulted them, pushing and shoving them, seeking to keep them from the front door. One of them grabbed Donna’s body, lifting her off the ground, and another put his arms completely around her, attempting to pull her back away from the entry. She stretched her arms out for help from a nearby police officer who offered her no assistance. Her son, seeing she was in trouble, pleaded with the officers to assist her. The officers … were unable to take control of the situation. …
    “As they made their way past the three officers at the door they were pelted by rocks … The rioters removed the Christian flag from the flagpole and attached the gay flag under the U.S. flag … When the caretaker … attempted to remove the gay flag, he was assaulted and pelted with eggs. … A single parent who is a church member and her six-year-old daughter were told they could not enter the building. A rioter grabbed her daughter’s arm as she was clinging to her mother and began interrogating her. … The rioters then laid down in the intersection of Geary and Franklin Streets, blocking all traffic. … A woman demonstrator exposed her bare breasts to church members present in the area. … People were shouted at and threatened by the rioters as they made their way to their cars, called ‘Christian bigots,’ hypocrites, fascists, homophobes, and other expletives, some obscene. … When the rioters saw children standing in the lobby, they shouted, ‘We want your children! Give us your children!’… A nine-year-old boy was crying in hysterics. ‘They are after me. It’s me they want.’ … In spite of all this malicious disruption, not a single arrest was made by the police.”1
    It’s difficult to believe this could happen in twentieth century AMERICA, isn’t it? We might gain some comfort if this were an isolated case, but unfortunately it isn’t. Members of Calvary Chapel in Costa Mesa, California, also found themselves the focus of homosexual demonstrators. Angry over the church’s outreach to the Orange County gay community, militant homosexuals invaded the church’s Sunday morning service. Filling aisles, they shouted and fondled themselves in full view of families in the congregation.2
    Another incredible incident involved a Family Concerns Conference brunch at First Baptist Church in Atlanta where a group of AIDS demonstrators infiltrated the meeting and threw hundreds of condoms at the attendees while chanting “safer sex saves lives.” No arrests were made even though the police had to remove the demonstrators from the church’s private property.3
    You shouldn’t be overly surprised by these stories. Jesus predicted such things would happen near the end of time. “Likewise as it was also in the days of Lot: They ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. Even so will it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed.” Luke 17:28-30 .
    The truth of the matter is that our world has arrived at the day Jesus predicted. It is modern Sodom. Let’s take a look at just how closely contemporary society fulfils this prophecy. THESE PEOPLE ARE VERY DANGEROUS , THEY ARE SETTING US UP SO THAT WE CAN FEEL THE FULL WRATH OF GOD……..NEXT TIME GOD BLESS

  16. Camila Arminda VAlencia says:

    I HOPE THE CHURCHES R PAYING FOR EDUCATION BECAUSE I THINK THATS WHAT THIS WAR IS ABOUT POLITICIAN’S DON’T WANT THE CHURCHES TO STOP PAYING FOR SCHOOLS FOR CHILDREN HOPE U LIKE UR FAG & LESBIAN NUNS & PASTORS IN GAY & LESBIAN IN BARS EXPOSED. THEY HAVE U ALL FORNICATING TO HAVE SOME CHILD GROW UP & TAKE CARE OF U WHEN U GET OLD OR U LIKE PAYING FOR CHILDREN.BECAUSE THEY R A LOT OF WOMEN WHO DO NOT WANT TO MAKE THEM FOR OTHERS & DID NO LIKE THE HARRASMENT DURING THE PUP GOVERNMENT OR UDP THEY GOT TO MAKE ANY TO KEET A CHURCHMAN IN BUSINESS CHURCHES NEED TRADE LICENSES

  17. Camila Arminda VAlencia says:

    SORRY I WENT TO A GOVERNMENT SCHOOL IN ANOTHER COUNTRY WHERE THEY HAVE A SEPARATION BETWEEN CHURCH & STATE & THE STATE RUNS THE COUNTRY I UNDERSTOOD WHAT THAT WAS ABOUT & I HAVE ANOTHER CITIZENSHIP TO ANOTHER COUNTRY WHERE THEIRS A SEPARATION BETWEEN CHURCH & STATE CHURCH IS GIVEN PERMITS AS TO WHAT THEY CAN & CAN NOT DO IN THAT COUNTRY & THIER R CERTAIN FREEDOMS GRANTED TO PEOPLE LIKE SAFE SEX HOMOSEXUALITY WITH ANTI SODOMY & ALL ANTI RAPE OR ANTI MOLESTATION LAWS

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