Belize: Supreme Court Overturns anti-Homosexuality Law
August 11, 2016
In response to the Supreme Court of Belize finding the country’s colonial-era sodomy law unconstitutional, Freedom House released the following statement:
"The ruling by Belize's Supreme Court overturning the sodomy law that made homosexuality illegal in the country marks a step forward for LGBTI human rights in the region," said Mark P. Lagon, president. "The anti-sodomy law, and others like it, are clear violations of fundamental dignity and rights, discriminating against sexual orientation or gender identity."
Background: Caleb Orozco v. the Attorney General of Belize was brought before the Supreme Court in 2010 to challenge Section 53, a statute that imposed a 10-year prison term for “carnal intercourse against the order of nature.” The court issued its ruling August 10, 2016.