By BBN Staff: People’s United Party (PUP) leader John Briceno, via a Facebook post last night, called on Belizeans to “respect each other, and never forget that it is our diversity which makes us strong”.
Briceno’s post was prompted by what he described as “disturbing threats and the call for harm to be done to people in the LGBT community”. Briceno said respect and tolerance must always prevail over bigotry and hate.
“I remind everyone of the words of Pope Francis who said: ‘Who am I to judge?’ It is not Belizean to hate; bigotry is also not Belizean. We are a people who value peace and we love, love. We who are a PUP say the ‘PUP da LOVE!’,” Briceno wrote.
His post got mixed reaction from supporters of both sides of the gay-rights cause.
Former PUP leader Francis Fonseca also posted to his Facebook on the issue the day after the ruling. “I fully support and respect the decision of the Supreme Court of Belize in the Orozco v AG case. It is indeed one grounded in dignity, justice, tolerance, inclusion and Law,” Fonseca wrote.
Like Briceno’s post, Fonseca’s also received mixed reactions from supporters on both sides of the fence.