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BELIZE CITY, Belize, Jan 30 (LSN) – On Tuesday, the Belize Minister of Tourism and Environment, Henry Young, received a healthy round of protest from all sectors of Belizian society for allowing a homosexual cruise ship to dock for a six hour stay. Belizean law states that homosexual sex acts are illegal and further prohibits immigration by practicing homosexuals and also those who make money from homosexual behavior.  The Council of Management of the Belize National Teachers’ Union expressed concern for children in a press release published in “Belize Times.” The teacher’s union said it “condemns the unnatural practice of homosexuality and is deeply concerned that this decision of the Ministry of Tourism may open the floodgates to similar requests from persons of such sexual orientation”. The teachers noted that the situation may also encourage “the local gay community making their demands on Government for legislation to openly advance their lifestyle”. “We realize, as educators, that the psychological and moral environment to which we expose our children is very fragile and in need of protection.” A Belize Times op-ed piece also felt strongly that accepting the cruise is a violation of national law.  Letters of protest also poured in to the Belizean newspaper “Amandala.” The Association of Evangelican Churches, Belmopan Branch, called Young’s decision “deplorable,” pointing out that, “The irreparable damage by open homosexuality before the eyes of our children can never be compensated by the money these people will spend in Belize.” Lloyd Stanford, president of the Baptist Association of Belize wrote, “a decision such as the one you have taken to give a national welcome to gays is also giving national approval to the gay movement in Belize—not just for six hours, but it will expose our people and influence our children to a most unwanted lifestyle.”

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