Source: Channel 5 Belize
The case against the Attorney General’s Office which is being brought by Caleb Orozco and the United Belize Advocacy Movement (UNIBAM) challenging Section Fifty-Three of the Criminal Code is a little over two months away from being argued in the Supreme Court. Lawyers on both sides of the gay rights argument appeared before Justice Michelle Arana today where a formal request by the Council of Churches to join the proceeding was granted. The trial date for the case which will involve a host of international lawyers has been postponed until they become available. Until then a deadline of June thirtieth has been set for local attorneys to file and exchange all affidavits in the matter before going to pre-trial on July twenty-seventh. The constitutional challenge was filed earlier this year to decriminalize consensual physical relationships between gays and lesbians. This comes in light of that section of the Laws of Belize which states that every person who has carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any person or animal shall be liable to imprisonment for up to ten years.