At a Glance
On August 10, 2018, the United States First Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed Lively's appeal. The ruling left the district court's opinion intact, including the language concerning Lively's "ludicrous to abhorrent" positions on LGBTQI people and his role in the persecution of the LGBTQI community in Uganda.
Jeena Shah, Dorsey & Whitney, Luke Ryan, Christopher Betke, Judith Brown Chomsky
SMUG v. Lively was a federal lawsuit in which the Center for Constitutional Rights represented Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), a non-profit LGBTI advocacy organization in Uganda. SMUG sued Scott Lively, a U.S.-based anti-gay extremist, for his role in the persecution of LGBTI people in Uganda, in particular his active participation in the conspiracy to strip away their fundamental rights. The case is part of the Center for Constitutional Rights' cutting edge international human rights work and groundbreaking efforts to protect and expand rights under the area of law related to the Alien Tort Statute (ATS) and continues our historic early work defending LGBTI rights.