Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Scott Lively is in court hoping to dismiss a civil action suit against him. Scott is accused in assisting in the criminalizing and persecuting gays in Uganda.
Pepe Onziema, a transgender gay rights activist from the Sexual Minorities Uganda group, filed the case against him. The trial started yesterday and courtroom was packed.
Following court arguments Monday, it is now up to U.S. District Judge Michael Ponsor to decide whether to grant Lively’s motion to dismiss a civil action that Sexual Minorities Uganda filed against him last year. The Uganda-based group for which Onziema serves as program director alleges that Lively waged a long campaign of persecution of gays in the East African country.
Lively’s lawyer, Horatio Mihet, called the case an attack on the U.S. Constitution and his client’s First Amendment right to free speech. Plaintiff’s attorney Pam Spees, from the Center for Constitutional Rights, said Lively conspired with others in Uganda to persecute gays.
With every courtroom seat filled, court officials broadcast the proceeding to two overflow rooms so spectators could watch the arguments live.
The judge said he would consider whether Lively’s speech crossed the boundary from First Amendment-protected speech into activity intended to harm people, and that he was looking for more concrete examples of misbehavior on Lively’s part to justify the continuation of the lawsuit.I hope Scott gets what he deserves. It would be the Christian thing to do.