Post submitted by Dan Rafter, Former HRC Associate Director of Communications
A federal court in Massachusetts will hear arguments on Monday that anti-LGBT activist Scott Lively has worked to deprive LGBT Ugandans of their basic human rights through his ardent advocacy for the country’s ‘Kill the Gays’ legislation. The Center for Constitutional Rights is filing the case of behalf of Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), an LGBT advocacy group in Uganda.
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. Lively claims the equality movement is “the most dangerous political movement in 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.
Earlier this year, the Center for Constitutional Rights sued Lively under the Alien Tort Statute, which allows foreign victims of rights abuse to seek recourse via the U.S. justice system. Monday’s arguments get underway at 11am. Stay with the HRC blog for the latest as the case against Lively unfolds.