Churches’ Family values march casts UNIBAM aside
The case brought by Caleb Orozco and the United Belize Advocacy Movement (UNIBAM) against the government is to begin in Supreme Court next week. For the Church, it’s a holy and moral war being waged; for UNIBAM, it’s a legal battle. The church and the government intend to stop UNIBAM from decriminalizing homosexuality. UNIBAM wants to alter Section Fifty-Three of the Laws of Belize that prohibits carnal intercourse against the order of nature. The Belize Council of Churches is not waiting for the court case to begin and it is launching a family march in Belize City on Saturday. According to Canon Leroy Flowers, President of the Council of Churches, before the march hits the pavement, speeches will be given at ten a.m. in Battlefield Park.
Canon LeRoy Flowers, President, Council of Churches
“Tomorrow has been the day that has been set for a national awareness to the ongoing challenges that the church faces as it waits for the beginning of the litigation in court on the UNIBAM case—the constitutional challenge. And so tomorrow will be an opportunity for Christians in particular but the general populace at large to voice their public support or against the challenge in court. Bearing in mind—and I think this is so important for us as Christians—if we had the final say, we know nothing would change in terms of that particular law. But because we live in a pluralistic democracy, then the rule of law will have to take its course. And I think it is important that as Christians we voice our opinion. However, we need to be mindful we don’t make the laws of the land. The Courts of our land will rule upon the legality thereof on this particular matter. And so I think it is important that as Christians in a democracy, we express how we feel. At the end of the day, whether the court votes against the church or not, we will have our views and that will not change.”
“Canon Flowers in terms of the route, where is it expected to start? Is there a dress code? What should people do? Who intended to come out tomorrow?”
Canon LeRoy Flowers
“Quite honestly I think that has been decided but I haven’t had the opportunity to see that aspect of it. I haven’t had time—so many things been going on. I just got in from Bird’s Isle where we were with another function. But it will be at the Battlefield Park tomorrow; beginning at eight o’clock. I know that a number of persons have been invited—church leaders and civic leaders. I know that the mayor will give the welcome address to the city. I know that the government has been invited to send a representative and the opposition has also been invited to send a representative to probably express some solidarity bearing in mind again that this will be very—the government has to walk a very tight rope because remember the government is in court now. And therefore, when matters are before the courts, if we truly want our democracy to work then we have to be extremely careful as to what we say or don’t say until the case is litigated.”
The case starts in the Supreme Court on December ninth.