Showing posts from February, 2014

The Belizen Constitution: How Self-Censorship, Threats and Negotiations undermine rights

Posted 23rd February, 2014

The far right in Belize in 2011 started telling the Public that the L.G.B.T community  is looking for special rights and because the constitution speaks to the GOD, that any attempt to advancement  L.G.B.T concerns would be a violation of that constitution. In defense of the constitution, they had several marches around the country in 2013 and allowed an UniBAM effigy to lead one march in Toledo.

 The factual truth is that the preamble to the constitution does speak to acknowledging the Supremacy of God, but it also speaks to faith in human rights. See below the actual wording:          

 " affirm that the Nation of Belize shall be founded upon principles which acknowledge the supremacy of God, faith in human rights and fundamental freedoms, the position of the family in a society of free men and free institutions, the dignity of the human person and the equal and inalienable rights with which all members of the human family are endowed by their Creat…

LGBT Rights and US Evangelical Work in Belize 2014

Posted: 21st, February, 2014

What does this poster have to do with US evangelicals, nothing, until you look closer at the guess speaker coming at the end of the month, Dr. John Eckerdt who runs Stauron Ministries. Why is mentioning his name important, well, he can be scene here ( at a meeting organized againt Maine effort to advance marriage equality organized by Protecting Marriage Maine and Alliance Defending Freedom. ADF was started in 1994, has 44 in-house lawyers and 2,200 allied lawyers with an annual budget of $30 million. According to Dangerous Liaisons, a report done by the Southern Poverty Law Centre on Belize revealed that its had incurred cost associated with its "human rights and legal work", which totaled $65,000us for Central America and Caribbean in 2009 and 2010.
Further to this, we found Patricia King back in Belize conducting sermons, this month, at the George Price Centre  i…

El Salvador parliament rejects constitutional ban on marriage

Re posted 10th February, 2014 El Salvador parliament rejects constitutional ban on same-sex marriage
Sunday, February 9, 2014 SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador — The Salvadoran Parliament has again failed in its attempt to approve a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

Of the 84 members that make up the Parliament, only 19 on Friday voted in favor of ratifying a constitutional amendment adopted on April 25, 2012, months after a first project, voted in 2009 to be shelved, according to the Spanish news agency EFE.
The measure, which cleared the chamber in 2012, defines marriage as between a man and a woman and their children. It also sought to prohibit El Salvador from recognizing the foreign marriages of gay couples and bans gays from adopting children.
A constitutional amendment requires the approval of two consecutive legislatures; a simply majority (43 votes) during the first reading, followed by a super-majority (56).
Having failed ratification, the initiative may not be co…