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Take Action: Ugandan “Kill the Gays” Bill Still Receiving Backing from U.S. Extremists

call it out logoPost submitted by Dan Rafter, Former HRC Associate Director of Communications

The Ugandan parliament is poised to vote any day now on the infamous “Kill the Gays” legislation – which would make being gay a crime punishable by death or life imprisonment in some cases. What’s even more disturbing is that a number of American extremists are among those whipping up the hatred that is fueling this bill – Scott Lively chief among them.

Lively is an American “pastor” who has spent years advocating for archaic and despicable anti-LGBT laws and policies in Uganda and around the world. His fringe views, which include blaming the Holocaust and the Rwandan genocide on gay people, are rejected by reasonably-thinking Americans. 

In 2009, Lively addressed an anti-gay conference in Uganda that he described as a "nuclear bomb against the gay agenda."  He followed that conference by meeting with dozens of members of the Ugandan Parliament advocating for anti-LGBT legislation.  A few months later, the bomb was detonated when the “Kill the Gays” bill was introduced.

Scott Lively is one of several extremists hijacking religion and using it as a weapon against LGBT people. A group of more than two thousand committed faith leaders are already speaking up against this betrayal of religious values. Join HRC in standing up to Lively’s hate and let your friends and family know that you won’t tolerate it. Take action now.

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