Uganda minorities hail ruling on homophobic pastor

SCOTT LIVELYFrom HASSAN ONYANGO in Kampala, Uganda KAMPALA, (CAJ News) SEXUAL minorities in Uganda have expressed mixed feelings over the dismissal of a case brought in the United States against an alleged homophobic evangelist.Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), an umbrella group of Ugandan lesbian,gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) organizations, had filed a lawsuit against Christian evangelist, Scott Lively, in his home state of Massachusetts, for alleged crimes against humanity.He is denounced as the brains behind the now-defunct Anti-Homosexuality Act, which provided for draconian penalties for same-sex conduct and LGBTI activism.The legislation led to evictions of LGBTI people from their homes and denial of access to health care.Judge Michael Ponsor of the US District Court in Springfield,Massachusetts, said Lively aided a vicious campaign of repression against LGBTI people in Uganda but he ruled the case could not be tried in the US,as Lively’s actions took place in a foreign territory.Furthermore, the judge held Lively’s actions violated international law.SMUG was disappointed by the dismissal of the case but welcomed the condemnation of Lively.“This case is a win for SMUG,” said Frank Mugisha, SMUG’s executive director.“By having a court recognize that persecution of LGBTI people amounts to a crime against humanity, we have already been able to hold Lively to account and reduce his dangerous influence in Uganda.”The Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Act, previously called the “Kill the Gays bill” due to death penalty clauses proposed in the original version was passed in 2013 with life in prison substituted for the death penalty.The Constitutional Court later invalidated it.
– CAJ News

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