COLA supports Council of Churches in fight against UNIBAM
Last week the first hearing in court for the highly anticipated case of Caleb Orozco and the United Belize Advocacy Movement (UNIBAM) versus the Attorney General was adjourned to December ninth. The Council of Churches had filed an application seeking to strike off listed expert witnesses for the UNIBAM and its claimants on the grounds that they are not qualified to give expert testimony. UNIBAM in turn filed a counter-application seeking to do the same to the Churches. Last week the attorneys for the Council of Churches were out of the country and so the trial scheduled for the fifth to the ninth of December was moved to the ninth. As the case heads to the courts, COLA issued a press release today opposing the lawsuit, which seeks to decriminalize the sodomy laws in Belize. COLA says it supports the status quo, stating that our constitution was founded on the principles of the bible, a position which supports the Council of Churches’ stance. The release goes on to say “The act of homosexuality in our view is not only wrong or in other words sinful, but anti-life, that is because two persons of the same sex are unable to reproduce.” In conclusion, COLA calls on the government to clearly define in Belize’s constitution that marriage is between a man and a woman.