Church’s legal dream team prepare for unholy war
The case of UNIBAM for the decriminalization of homosexuality in Belize is catching fire on the international scene. It is seen as a first test case to essentially kick off a global campaign to decriminalize homosexuality in numerous countries around the world. The legal battle will start in the Supreme Court on December fifth by a cadre of high profile attorneys on either side of the much debated argument. The issue has seen many, including the Council of Churches as well as human rights activists, weighing their positions on the matter. On February fourth, a first of its kind lawsuit was brought against the Attorney General’s Office by Caleb Orozco and the United Belize Advocacy Movement (UNIBAM) challenging section fifty-three of the Criminal Code. UNIBAM is seeking to have that section of the code which states that carnal intercourse against the order of nature be declared unconstitutional. The churches, on the other hand, argue that by repealing that portion of legislation it will pave the way for gay rights in Belize. According to the British Guardian Newspaper of today, Queen’s Counsel Lord Peter Goldsmith is leading a newly formed British legal rights group in launching a global campaign to legalize same sex relationships. The organization, known as the Human Dignity Trust (HDT), is involved in the UNIBAM case after which similar challenges against homophobic laws will be introduced in Northern Cyprus and Jamaica in the weeks to come. HDT intends to target a little over eighty predominantly Commonwealth countries where consensual sexual activity between same sex partners is prohibited. In court the Council of Churches will be represented by attorneys Rodwell Williams, Eamon Courtenay, Michel Chebat, Jackie Marshalleck and Chris Coye while UNIBAM is being defended by Lord Peter Goldsmith, Lisa Shoman and Godfrey Smith. As we said, that case begins in the Supreme Court in early December.