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Aug 19, 2016

U.S. Ambassador: Section 53 Ruling is “Victory for All Belizeans”

Earlier this week, the Government of Belize announced that it will not be appealing Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin’s decision that Section Fifty-Three of the Criminal Code was unconstitutional. The landmark ruling, as is the controversial LGBT issue, has been met with mixed reactions. But what does the U.S. Ambassador have to say about it? Well it is known that the U.S. government has been an advocate of LGBT rights. In late June, the Rainbow Flag, which is the recognized symbol of gay pride, was hoisted for the first time at the compound of the U.S. Embassy and remained there in commemoration of LGBT Month. As a former judge, the media asked Ambassador Carlos Moreno for his take on the decision on Section Fifty-Three of the Criminal Code.


Carlos Moreno

Carlos Moreno, U.S. Ambassador to Belize

“I think Chief Justice Benjamin’s opinion is a landmark, transcending decision. As a former judge, as you pointed out, in reading that very comprehensive thorough decision, he covered all the basis beginning with the statutory history of the statute in question, Section Fifty-Three; delineated the respective positions of the parties; going through the different contentions by those parties and analyzing the Belizean constitution in terms of a number of rights like equal protection and so forth. Also elucidating on international treaties and drawing on international law in support of his ultimate ruling. I think that in particular distinguishing between his obligations to following the rule of law, as delineated in the constitution, and distinguishing that from the so called morality issues which I think are taken into consideration when any kind of statute is enacted. But to really establish and make clear a distinction between rule of law and religious doctrines and so forth. So his conclusion, I think, really speaks loudly and clearly for human rights. One thing that I noted and I think the prime minister noted was that this decision and the statute in particular, impacted both homosexual and heterosexual couples that prohibited consensual acts or crimes against nature. So I think it was really a victory for all Belizeans and in particular consenting adults.”

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4 Responses for “U.S. Ambassador: Section 53 Ruling is “Victory for All Belizeans””

  1. Teddy Steinway says:

    Wonderful wonderful thank you so much. You’ve been fine.
    Can’t wait to see you leave.

  2. Liberty & Freedom says:

    You, Moreno, are just a political hack for the Obama Administration. How much dinero did your corrupt administration in Washington stuff into Chief Justice Benjamins pocket? And further, how much dirty dinero did you stuff in Barrow’s suitcase? How can a small country like Belize stand against the bully colonial power of America? We are a sovereign nation under God’s law too. You do not understand because you are probably an athiest. The Marines probably threw up when they saw the rainbow flag flying above the Embassy building. The majority of the Belizean people had no say in this decision. You did not address gay marriage because there is a big loophole in the law. You have opened Pandora’s box and when young boys are sodomized by Caleb, you will come up with some babble to try and justify your mistake. But then again its not your butt. ………..

  3. Belizean Pride says:

    Excuse me Mr,. Moreno this is not a victory for me but a big loss and a shame. So please don’t generalize us as happy with this court decision please respect me rights also.

  4. Elgin Martinez says:

    King James Version
    Job 9:24

    The earth is given into the hand of the wicked: he covereth the faces of the judges thereof; if not, where, and who i

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