US Judge Allows Ugandan Suit Charging Anti-Gay Activist With Crimes Against Humanity To Proceed

A lawsuit charging anti-gay Christian extremist Scott Lively with crimes against humanity will go forward after a federal judge denied a motion to dismiss the case on Wednesday, Aug. 14.

Pastor Scott Lively
Pastor Scott Lively

The suit was filed by Ugandan LGBT activists. The complaint from the group Sexual Minorities Uganda argues that Lively is culpable for crimes against humanity because of his advocacy for persecution, including helping to craft the “Kill the Gays” bill that is still pending consideration in the Ugandan legislature. According to them, the seminars made false and inflammatory claims about gay men sodomizing teenage boys and how “the gay movement is an evil institution” intended to “defeat the marriage-based society.”

Lively sought dismissal of the 2012 claim, with his lawyer claiming it attacked his free speech right.

Lively is accused of partnering with the key political and religious leaders of the anti-gay campaign in Uganda, advising anti-gay parliamentarians on legislation targeting the LGBT community and leading conferences about the supposed threats posed by the gay movement. The Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Bill of 2009 (also know as the “Kill the Gays Bill”) was introduced in the Ugandan parliament a month after Lively held meetings and gave a series of lectures asserting that the gay movement in Uganda was “evil” and organized with the purpose of “homosexualizing” children.

Lively has also worked closely with anti-gay leaders and politicians in Russia, Latvia and Moldova, advising them on legislation intended to criminalize any form of LGBT advocacy.

The lawsuit brought against Scott Lively of Massachusetts was filed by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) on behalf of Sexual Minorities of Uganda (SMUG) in 2012. The lawsuit contends Lively was a major force behind Uganda’s infamous “kill the gays bill,” a bill that would imprison or even execute members of the gay and lesbian community.

Lively admits to meeting with lawmakers to discuss the draconian “kill the gays legislation.” However, Lively denies that he conspired with government officials or religious leaders in Uganda to craft specifics of the legislation.

Lively’s attorney Horatio Mihet says they’ll continue to fight the lawsuit and are confident Lively will be vindicated.

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