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Anti-Gay Preacher to Ask Judge to Dismiss Lawsuit

Monday Jan 7, 2013

Lawyers for a Massachusetts evangelist are headed to court to ask a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit that alleges his actions in anti-gay efforts in Uganda constitute persecution.

The Center for Constitutional Rights filed the lawsuit last year against Scott Lively of the Redemption Gate Mission Society in Springfield for what the group says has been a decade-long campaign to persecute gays in Uganda.

Lively's lawyers argue that the First Amendment gives him the right to free speech even when he is in Uganda.

Lively was among U.S. evangelicals who visited Uganda in 2009. He has said he has never advocated violence against gays, but has recommended therapy.

U.S. District Judge Michael Ponsor is scheduled to hear arguments Monday on Lively's motion to dismiss the lawsuit.

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  • BlondieSL, 2013-01-07 12:15:36

    And yet another misguided hypocritical religious zealot. DISMISSED!!!

  • Caleb Burgess, 2013-01-07 15:27:26

    The thing is he helped the ass hole make the "kill the gays" bill there for hes is able to be sued an his church lose its tax free status

  • rscluff, 2013-01-07 15:32:09

    How long do you think it’ll take for them to investigate this man and find out he’s a self hating child rapist

  • Bomonghani, 2013-01-07 16:52:44

    Apparently while in Uganda, innocent until PROVEN guilty no longer applies. If facts are as he stated, and he only suggested therapy, then he has done no worse than many here who persecute christians or other religious figures out of bias ignorance. Personally I’m not all about putting the cart before the horse when dealing with matters of the court.

  • WayGay, 2013-01-07 17:59:01

    His first amendment rights don’t mean he doesn’t have to answer for what he says.

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