Friday, 16 August 2013

SMUG v. Lively Will Proceed


And now also for doing the same in Uganda.

Taking their sweet time about it, and turning their back on international human rights violations in between, the Supreme Court of America has finally made a ruling on whether Scott Lively can be tried for his hate mongering in Uganda.

Over a year and a half ago, Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), the coalition of Ugandan LGBTI organisations, filed a lawsuit in America against this lead hate preacher for his part in encouraging the 2009 Kill the Gays Bill, and spreading general bile and venom throughout the country.

Lively then tried to go to the UK to tell the British why they should hate gay people (although, to be fair, the UK has its own version of Scott Lively in the form of Paul Shinners) but was apparently denied access.

What did the Supreme Court decide?

In a first-of-its kind case brought by a Ugandan LGBTI advocacy organization against a prominent U.S. anti-gay extremist, a federal judge ruled that persecution on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity is a crime against humanity and that the fundamental human rights of LGBTI people are protected under international law. The ruling means that the case brought by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) on behalf of Sexual Minorities of Uganda (SMUG), a Uganda-based coalition of LGBTI rights and advocacy groups, can move forward over defendant Scott Lively’s request to dismiss the lawsuit.

Absolutely fantastic news!

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