Federal Court Dismisses Gay Ugandans’ Lawsuit Against Anti-Gay U.S. Minister

U.S. District Judge Michael A. Ponsor dismissed a lawsuit that the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) brought against Scott Lively, whom the judge described as “an American citizen who has aided and abetted a vicious and frightening campaign of repression against LGBTI persons in Uganda.” CCR is representing Sexual Minorities Uganda, an umbrella group for LGBTI organizations within that country.  While excoriating Lively for his actions, the judge held  that the Alien Tort Statute (ATS) … <Read More>

Federal Court Denies Motion to Dismiss Tort Claim by Uganda Gay Group Against American Minister

U.S. District Judge Michael A. Ponsor (D. Mass.) has refused to dismiss a lawsuit filed on behalf of Sexual Minorities Uganda, a gay rights group, against Scott Lively, described in the complaint as an attorney, author, and evangelical minister who has allegedly work to “foment” what the plaintiff alleges to be “an atmosphere of harsh and frightening repression against LGBTI people in Uganda.”  Ponsor found that the allegations in the complaint were sufficient to put … <Read More>