Ugandan gay rights group files lawsuit in U.S. against American evangelist

March 21, 2012

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Children, brought up to know homosexuality as a criminal offense, demonstrate against it in Kampala, Uganda.

In 2009, American evangelist Scott Lively spoke at a  conference in Uganda entitled “Seminar on Exposing the Homosexual Agenda.” That same year, an anti-homosexuality bill was introduced in the Ugandan parliament. It became known as the “Kill the Gays Bill” because of its calls for the death penalty for certain homosexual offenses. After an international outcry, the bill has been in limbo but was recently reintroduced in parliament. Last week, a Ugandan gay rights group called Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) filed a lawsuit in U.S. federal court against Lively. The suit alleges that for the past ten years, Lively has participated in a conspiracy to deprive LGBT Ugandans of their human rights. Today, Worldview talks with Pam Spees, SMUG's attorney, and Mathew Staver, Lively's attorney.