- September 10, 2013
Post submitted by Jane Thirikwa, HRC Global Engagement Fellow.
The Springfield Division of United States District Court, MA, has denied a motion to dismiss a case filed against Scott Lively, a U.S.-based attorney, author, and president of Abiding Trust Ministries. In March 2012, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), a Ugandan non-profit umbrella organization for LGBT advocacy groups. On August 14, 2013, the federal judge ruled that persecution on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity is a crime against humanity and that the fundamental human rights of LGBT people are protected under international law.
This is the first known Alien Tort Statute (ATS) case seeking accountability for persecution on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The suit alleges that Lively’s involvement in anti-gay efforts in Uganda, including his active participation in the conspiracy to strip away fundamental rights from LGBT persons, constitutes persecution.
Recently, Scott blogged an open letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin, expressing his "gratitude" to Russia for passing the recent anti-LGBT law.
To learn more about HRC's work alongside Russian LGBT community and others across the globe in the fight to expose and repeal Russia's recently-enacted "anti-propaganda" law at www.hrc.org/russia.