Application for Appeal of Section 53 Filed by Churches

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Updated: September 16, 2016

Paperwork to appeal the controversial Section 53 ruling has been filed at the registry of the Supreme Court of Belize. The Office of the Attorney General of Belize has filed an application to partially appeal Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin’s ruling on Section 53. The Government’s application to appeal solely deals with the word “Sex” and its expanded meaning which the CJ gave it. The CJ concluded that sex is equal to sexual orientation. The Government’s application opened the doors for the Roman Catholic Church to appeal as an interested party. The Roman Catholic Church is appealing the entire decision. The National Evangelical Association of Belize has also filed its paperwork asking the courts to be an interested party in the appeal. The association plans to appeal the decision in its entirety as well. Attorneys Dickie Bradley, Christopher Coye and Michel Chebat have been hired to represent the Roman Catholic Church. Attorney Dickie Bradley is also representing the National Evangelical Association of Belize but he is doing so free of cost.

Pastor Lance Lewis and Pastor Scott Stirm spoke on the importance of the appeal.

According to Lewis and Stirm, they do not hate homosexuals and they are all for human rights but gay rights are not human rights.

The process can take months, if not years. The appellants are seeking for leave to appeal at the moment and if that leave is granted then their points will be ventilated in the Court of Appeal.