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Scott Lively Sued for Involvement in Ugandan Anti-LGBT Movement

This post comes from HRC Communications Intern Nick Gumas:

On behalf of Sexual Minorities Uganda, a grassroots civil rights organization, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) has filed a lawsuit against Scott Lively for conspiring to deprive members of the Ugandan LGBT community their basic fundamental rights.  Lively, an American author and anti-LGBT activist, has been actively involved in Ugandan politics since his first visit to the country in 2002.  Uganda has a horrid record of anti-LGBT activity, most notably the “Kill the Gays” bill which received national attention here in the United States earlier this year.

Lively has frequently claimed credit for starting the hateful movement in Uganda, and in response to the lawsuit, has chosen to hide behind the First Amendment and religious freedom.  Rebuking Lively’s defense, CCR Advocacy Program Manager Laura Raymond claimed “When one group of people conspires to deprive another group of people of their fundamental rights based on their identity it is persecution - a crime against humanity - and illegal under international law.” 

Lively is not alone in his quest to criminalize LGBT behavior.  He was joined by other prominent members of the American religious-right during his advocacy for the Ugandan “Kill the Gays” bill, such as Lou Engle.  The CCR lawsuit not only seeks to end Lively’s hateful discrimination in Uganda, but also sends a message to anti-LGBT extremists around the country that these types of actions are unacceptable and will be punished. 

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