Ugandan LGBTI Activists to Argue Case Against U.S. Anti-Gay Extremist in Federal Court

Sexual Minorities Uganda Lawsuit Charges Abiding Truth Ministries President Scott Lively with Persecution   | Oral Argument in Springfield, MA Wednesday, November 9, 11:00 AM

livelyPSSpringfield, MA – On Wednesday, Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), represented by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and co-counsel, will argue in a federal lawsuit against Abiding Truth Ministries President, Scott Lively. The suit alleges that Lively’s involvement in an anti-gay conspiracy in Uganda, including his active participation in the formulation of anti-gay legislation and policies aimed at revoking fundamental rights from LGBTI persons, constitutes persecution, a crime against humanity. Lively, represented by Liberty Counsel – itself designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center – lost his argument to dismiss the suit and is now seeking summary judgment in the case to keep it from going to trial.

What:  Oral argument in Sexual Minorities Uganda v. Lively

Who:  Frank Mugisha, Sexual Minorities Uganda executive director; eleven additional members of SMUG who will travel from Uganda to attend the argument; and one LGBTI activist who will travel from Latvia

Pam Spees, Center for Constitutional Rights senior attorney; Baher Azmy, Center for Constitutional Rights legal director; Jeena Shah, Center for Constitutional Rights cooperating attorney; Vince Warren

When:  Wednesday, November 9, 2016, 11:00am EST

Where:  U.S. District Court of Massachusetts

300 State Street, suite 120

Springfield, MA 01105

The Center for Constitutional Rights is dedicated to advancing and protecting the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Founded in 1966 by attorneys who represented civil rights movements in the South, CCR is a non-profit legal and educational organization committed to the creative use of law as a positive force for social change. Visit; follow @theCCR.


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