With help from people on the scene in Belize, the Erasing 76 Crimes blog will be following this week’s legal proceeding in the lawsuit seeking to throw out that nation’s anti-sodomy law as unconstitutional.
Belize is the only country in Central America with a law making homosexual activity a crime.
Section 53 of the Belize Criminal Code states, “Every person who has carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any person or animal shall be liable
to imprisonment for ten years.”
Human rights activist Caleb Orozco, leader of the United Belize Advocacy Movement (UBIBAM), is challenging the law, which is defended by the Belize government and several Christian churches.
Orozco is supported by international human rights organizations Commonwealth Lawyers Association, Human Dignity Trust and the International Society of Jurists, who argue that the Belize sodomy law is “incompatible with the rule of law and with respect for international law and international obligations enshrined in the Belize Constitution.”
Early tweet from the scene:
- Belize gay rights activist in court battle to end homophobic colonial-era laws (guardian.co.uk)
- Belize Action — worse than Westboro Baptist Church (Brent Toombs on 76crimes.com)
- Anti-gay law bars father from son’s spelling bee in Belize (76crimes.com)
- Archive of this blog’s articles about Belize