Opponents of the work of anti-gay evangelist Scott Lively are hoping for a courtroom full of LGBTI rights supporters on Wednesday, Oct. 5, the scheduled date for the next court hearing in the case against Lively on charges of crimes against humanity.
The federal lawsuit against Lively was filed by the Center for Constitutional Rights on behalf of Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG). Lively is accused of crimes against humanity for his role in the persecution of LGBTI people in Uganda, in particular for being an active participant in a conspiracy to strip away their fundamental rights.
Lively helped to create Uganda’s original “Kill the Gays” bill. After being stripped of its original language calling for the death penalty for homosexual activity, the Anti-Homosexuality Act was passed by Ugandan parliament in late 2013, signed into law by President Yoweri Museveni in early 2014, and was overturned in August 2014 by Uganda’s Constitutional Court.
In the process, an anti-homosexuality fever swept over Uganda, ruining many lives and leading hundreds of LGBT Ugandans to seek refuge in Kenya, where many are still stuck in poverty and despair.
The case at the U.S. District Court in Springfield, Mass., will be the first time that anyone stands trial in the United States for crimes against humanity committed in a foreign country. The case will test whether LGBTI rights activists can succeed in pressing legal charges against extremist American evangelists who have been exporting hate and fostering virulent homophobia in countries outside the U.S.
The United States First Circuit Court denied Lively’s appeal to have the case dismissed.
This is the Center for Constitutional Rights invitation to attend the hearing:
Court Hearing in SMUG v. Lively
Please save the date and pack the court for oral argument on motions for summary judgment in SMUG v. Lively, a federal lawsuit in which CCR represents Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG). SMUG is a non-profit LGBTI advocacy organization in Uganda, and they are suing Scott Lively, a U.S.-based anti-gay extremist, for his role in the persecution of LGBTI people in Uganda; in particular his active participation in the conspiracy to strip away their fundamental rights.
Please save the date and consider packing the court with us. We suggest bringing ID and arriving about 30-60 minutes early in order to get through security.
Date: Wednesday, October 5,, 2016 11:00am
Location: U.S. District Court of Massachusetts, 300 State Street, Suite 120, Springfield, MA 01105