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Aug 17, 2016

P.M. says Cabinet Split on Support for LGBT Rights

Dean Barrow

According to Prime Minister Barrow, government’s decision was equally the result of a lively discussion among senior members of Cabinet who advise on policy. 


Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“The position we have taken was come to after a very spirited debate was had among members of Cabinet.  My Cabinet is no different from the wider society and this issue has attracted different opinions, different opinions that are fiercely held.  Cabinet, therefore, wants it to be made absolutely clear that the position taken is driven principally by what the Honorable Attorney General has said, a considered examination of the legal merits or otherwise of an appeal.  In other words, the very many members of the Cabinet who would want to make clear that their support of the decision taken must be placed in that narrow legal context.  It should not be interpreted as any blanket support for LGBT positions.  Similarly, there are members of Cabinet who do support those positions and that is why it is so important to make clear that where Cabinet comes together and is prepared to act as one in a united fashion is on this question of the legal merits of the decision given by the Honorable Chief Justice.  Cabinet also wants to make the point that while in and of itself this is a corrosively divisive issue, it is made more so in consequence of the tremendous degree of misunderstanding, misapprehension and misinformation that surrounds the issue.  Cabinet considers that government has a duty to do in a more expansive way what the Honorable Attorney General has done that is to have the AG and other ministers do the media circuit in order to seek to educate the public, number one: as to the reasons for Cabinet’s decision, but number two, and more importantly, as to what exactly the judgment means and as to what the judgment does not mean.  When I speak about misunderstanding, misapprehension and misinformation I am not being judgmental, I’m just being factual.”

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2 Responses for “P.M. says Cabinet Split on Support for LGBT Rights”

  1. Belizean Pride says:

    As head of state it’s your responsibility that our rights the majority should prevail but seems you prefer to give way to a minority who has less impact in our society. Anyways it’s said and done but the controversy will be on your shoulders for ever PM. from the moment you gave way to this crap it was a mistake.

  2. OriginalWoman says:

    Our government is being forced to make homosexual sex activities legal, under the New World Order….sad to see that they are in compliance instead of complying to the voices of those who elected them to represent them. The PM says same sex marriage will not follow….naturally it will because 1+1=2. So why is he not telling the truth??

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