Following the Obama Administration’s unexpected declaration, as voiced by Hillary Clinton at the UN, that it is standing up for the rights of LGBT people worldwide some of the more homophobic nations are showing why that position is more necessary than ever.
Some of the more ignorant voices in Belize, which was specifically mentioned in Clinton’s speech, seems to now have their knickers in a twist over the development. The headline in Amandala (online) was “US president declares ‘war’ on poor countries”. I kid you not. As is well known, countries like Saudi Arabia are really suffering – which is why they must be allowed to persecute a and kill LGBT people. The paper also indicated that 80% of Belizeans are in favor of keeping it criminalized – thus illustrating if it’s decency and common sense you want – avoid Belize. Read the rubbish here.
Then yesterday , because being small-minded is really important in Belize, they interviewed their PM Dean Barrow on the subject. Based on his response their PM is about as enlightened to human rights as a lamppost :
In an interview with Amandala today, Belize Prime Minister Dean Barrow frowned upon a recent indication from United States (US) President Barack Obama last Tuesday, via a presidential memorandum, that the US has declared “combat” against countries that it may deem guilty of violence or discrimination against “lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgender” persons, dubbed LGBT for short—a war which could have implications for foreign aid allocations to poor nations.
Barrow told Amandalathat he has not yet seen the memo himself, but he doesn’t care what it says, as the Government of Belize will not move from its stance.
The Belize Government has decided to defend the law which pronounces unnatural sex illegal and which permits a 10-year prison term for persons found guilty of sodomy. In reality, though, Belizean law enforcement authorities do not prosecute homosexuals, except in cases of rape and the molestation of minors.
As regards to the Government of Belize’s decision “to defend the law on the nation’s statute books,” said Prime Minister Barrow, if the US is saying that it will cut foreign aid to Belize, “they will have to cut off their aid,” Barrow told us. Read the rest of the ludicrous exchange here. ( I suggest you don’t)