Anti-Gay Activist Sued By Ugandan Gay Rights Group
Scott Lively, an anti-gay American activist who has been involved in the "ex-gay" movement, was recently sued by a gay rights group from Uganda for promoting a proposed law that could sentience Ugandan homosexuals to death, the New York Times reported.
The group, Sexual Minorities Uganda, filed a suit in federal court in Massachusetts on Wednesday and accused Lively of violating international law. The lawsuit claims that in early 2002, Lively conspired with Ugandan religious and political leaders to create anti-gay hysteria and said that gays would "sodomize African children and corrupt their culture," the newspaper pointed out.
The bill was written by Ugandan legislator David Bahati who first introduced it in 2009. The bill was withdrawn after U.S. and some European nations criticized the legislation. However, the Ugandan Parliament reintroduced the act last month, which would give the death penalty to anyone engaging in consensual homosexual acts. The country’s government does not support the proposed law, however.
The organization is suing Lively under the alien tort statue, which allows people from other countries to sue in American courts if they are violating an international law. The group’s suit alleged that because of Lively, a number of Ugandan homosexuals have been persecuted, arrested, tortured and murdered.
"That’s about as ridiculous as it gets. I’ve never done anything in Uganda except preach the Gospel and speak my opinion about the homosexual issue. There’s actually no grounds for litigation on this," Lively said, who currently resides in Springfield, Mass. He also said he had not been served and was not aware of the suit against him.
Lively runs Abiding Truth and is the author of two anti-gay books. One tells parents how to "gay proof" their children and the other claims that gays are the cause for the Nazi movement.