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Belize Is The Last Country In Central America To Decriminalize Gay Sex

 An "anti-gay law that was a holdover from the British colonial era" has been struck down by Belize's Supreme Court.

Central Americans, rejoice! The entirety of your territories can now have gay sex without fear of penalty!

The last ban on homosexual intercourse was struck down by the Supreme Court of Belize, in a move that seems to have surprised activists and opposition alike. Towleroad described the now-defeated ban as an "anti-gay law that was a holdover from the British colonial era."

Human Dignity Trust went into more specifics:

“Belize’s Criminal Code (Section 53) criminalises 'carnal intercourse against the order of nature' which includes consensual sexual conduct between adult males in private. The law, which though rarely used carries a ten-year prison sentence, disproportionately impacts on the lives of gay men. Caleb Orozco, a Belizean gay man and a prominent human rights defender, launched a challenge to Section 53 in the Supreme Court of Belize. The case was heard in May 2013 and judgment was reserved by Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin."

Interestingly, despite its defeat, advocates encouraged parts of Section 53 to remain enforced to allow for the persecution of those who "non-consensual sex with a male or sex with an animal, since neither of these is currently covered under other provisions of the Criminal Code."

Here's a few of the pleasantly shocked reactions coming out of Belize, via Towleroad:

Looks like Mattijs van Bergen can add one rainbow flag to his dress today.

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