Judge dismisses LGBT case against Christian pro-family advocate

A U.S. federal district judge has dismissed an LGBT case five years after the lawsuit was filed against a Christian pro-family advocate who was charged with "crimes against humanity" for aiding faith leaders and fighting the LGBTQ agenda in Uganda. 

(REUTERS / Edward Echwalu)People who identified themselves as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community parade in Entebbe, southwest of Uganda's capital Kampala, August 8, 2015.

On June 5, Massachusetts District Judge Michael Ponsor dismissed the Sexual Minorities Uganda LGBT lawsuit against Christian pro-family leader Scott Lively. The judge cited a 2013 high court ruling that the Alien Tort Statute was not applicable to international claims as the reason for the dismissal, Life Site News detailed.

Liberty Counsel, a Christian defense legal group that represented Lively in the case, applauded the ruling. However, it slammed Ponsor for not making the decision earlier and pointed out that SMUG was unable to give any evidence of the accusation against Lively after he refused to dismiss the case in 2013.

"This is a victory for the Constitution and the rule of law, and all Christians should celebrate the end of a lawsuit intended only to intimidate an innocent pastor into silence," said Liberty Counsel founder and chairman Mat Staver.

In addition, Liberty Counsel said the SMUG lawsuit directly challenged the U.S. Constitution and rule of law. The defense group also said the Uganda-based organization attempted to start a dangerous precedent by relying on the Alien Tort Statute in the accusations against Lively.

In a column written for World Net Daily earlier this year, Lively called for "the separation of LGBT and state." He urged U.S. President Donald Trump to follow former president Reagan's example and scrub the LGBT agenda out of the White House.

Moreover, Lively said the Human Rights Commission has named him the top public enemy in its "Exporters of Hate" report in 2014. He noted that the commission does the same thing to all those who oppose the gay agenda.

At the end of his opinion piece, Lively called on people who have connections to the Trump administration to ask the president to establish a "Separation of LGBT and State." This move, he said would help their country's faith community try and bring back the natural family as the foundation of their society.