On Dec 20, 2016 Pink News reported: A US-based pastor who cheerleads support for homophobic laws around the world is battling a ‘crimes against humanity’ lawsuit.
Massachusetts hate preacher Scott Lively is one of the world’s most notorious homophobes, and has been linked to anti-gay laws in a number of countries.
Lively addressed an anti-gay conference in Uganda just before the country’s homophobic law was drafted, where he urged a fresh crackdown on gay sex. He also cheered on anti-gay legislation in Russia.
The pastor has extensive links to anti-LGBT movements across the world, particularly in deprived countries. Human rights activists allege is key to a wave of anti-LGBT laws and resistance to the repeal of sodomy laws around the world.
Lively is facing a crimes against humanity suit from Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), who allege he has acted in violation of international law, by seeking to promote the persecution of gay people.
He is defended by Mat Staver of the Liberty Counsel – the Christian law firm most famous for representing Kentucky clerk Kim Davis after she refused to marry gay people.
SMUG filed a brief with the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts in the case this month, with the Liberty Counsel calling for the case to be thrown out.