Chief Justice to Deliver Judgement on Section 53

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Updated: June 20, 2016

Earlier this month we told you of the challenge to Section 53 of the Belize Constitution brought on by Caleb Orozco of UNIBAM.  It has been six years now since Orozco had the petition filed in the courts and on June 6, Love News spoke with him where he expressed grave concerns over the delay of judgement by the Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin.  That interview was done two weeks ago and tonight we can tell you that Orozco will be getting some closure on this stage of his lobbying efforts on behalf of the LGBT community.  A letter was sent out, dated June 17, 2016 and signed by the Registrar General, Velda Flowers.  That correspondence reads, quote, “I refer to your letter of May 19, 2016 which has been brought to the attention of the Hon. Chief Justice.  Please be advised that judgment will be delivered on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.  Notices will be issued to all parties in due course.”  End of quote.  Orozco had filed the application in September 2010 that challenges the constitutionality of Section 53 of Belize’s Criminal Code which says that quote, “every person who has carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any person or animal shall be liable to imprisonment for ten years.” Orozco says that violates his right to privacy, dignity and equality as a gay man.  The arguments were heard over a period of four days in the court in May 2013 before Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin and on May 10, the hours of arguments and presentations concluded.