Council of Churches Addresses Pride Week: Supports Celebration but Opposes Same-Sex Unions
The Council of Churches says it has no issue with persons in Belize celebrating pride week, but it is not in support of same-sex unions. This week, the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community is celebrating pride week in Belize. The celebration is in line with the anniversary of the Supreme Court of Belize’s ruling on section 53 of the Belize Criminal Code, which violated their rights. During this week, several organizations are holding activities to celebrate and show support for the LGBT. Today, given Belize’s traditional Christian values, Senator for the Council of Churches, Bishop Moses Benguche, was asked if the church is in support of this week.
Bishop Alvin Benguche, Senator: “We have and we celebrate in the country, we celebrate Father’s Day, we celebrate Mother’s Day, we celebrate Children’s Week, we celebrate Women’s Week, which has turned into Women’s Month. And there are other celebrations that take place in the country. What I’m saying is that it is the right of any organization, it is the right of any grouping to be able to parade, to be able to celebrate and that is enshrined in our constitution. It is no different for the organization that you have just named. I point out, however, it is important for the church to continue to emphasize that the church’s position is this, that we celebrate the family itself. The family which is universal and the family which we affirm is between a man and a woman and growing up children in a home that displays love and displays a level of love and peace in the family itself. And it is in that way that I answer that question.”
Reporter: Pope Francis had recently said that he welcomes the LGBT community and he called for an end to anti-discriminatory homosexual laws. Is it the case that the churches here in Belize would also welcome this community into this community to the churches?
Bishop Alvin Benguche, Senator: “Notice the name you have just called The Pope and I cannot speak for the Roman Catholic Church. Yes, I can speak for my own church, the Methodist Church, and I know that in the Senate I represent a body but at the same time, I cannot speak specifically to any denomination. But speaking broadly and generally, which I think in this stead is what I should be doing especially in my position I reiterate again that from a church’s perspective, and from an Ecumenical perspective, we have always reiterated that the church’s position is to be concerned about the family, as I have said before, and that is between a man and a woman raising a family in love and peace.”