Independent Massachusetts gubernatorial
candidate and anti-gay activist Scott Lively says a decision striking
down Uganda's anti-gay law clears him of involvement in its passage.
Last week, the nation's Constitutional
Court struck down the law – which calls for life imprisonment for
the crime of “aggravated homosexuality” and bans the “promotion
of homosexuality” – saying that it was approved during a
parliamentary session that lacked a quorum.
“Now that the Ugandan government has
shown itself capable of self-governance, I'm waiting for calls of
apology from media outlets around the world who for years have
insinuated (or outright insisted) that the Ugandans were merely my
puppets in a nefarious scheme to persecute homosexuals there,”
Lively said in a blog post.
He added that he was “not unhappy that
the Ugandan law as written has been nullified.”
“The law's enactment and quick repeal
conclusively demonstrates that Ugandans can think for themselves, are
capable of self-governance, and do not need 'enlightened' Marxists
and homosexual militants from the West to shape their public policy
and uphold the rule of law,” he added.
Lively, however, has previously touted
his involvement in helping to shape the law.
“I was actually one of the people
that helped to start the pro-family movement there. … they were
finding people there, primarily homosexual men from Europe and the
United States coming into the country and working to try to change
the social values. And they didn’t know what to do. They had
never had a pro-family movement. This was all new to them. So they
wanted to draft some kind of law. And it wasn’t written at that
point. It was just sort of the idea that they wanted to do something.
So they invited me to come and speak along with a couple of other
people from the U.S., and I did,” Lively
said in 2010.
Lively traveled to Uganda on several
occasions. In a
5-hour televised marathon presentation held in 2009, Lively
claimed that gay men and women were aggressively recruiting Uganda's
children and labeled some gays “monsters … so far from normalcy
that they're killers.”
The LGBT group Sexual Minorities Uganda
(SMUG) has filed a lawsuit in the United States claiming that in
speaking out against gays Lively violated international law.
“The SMUG lawsuit claims that my
preaching against homosexuality in Uganda overpowered the weak-minded
African natives and turned them into rampaging bloodthirsty savages
bent on 'gay' genocide,” Lively wrote this week.
“The maliciously deceitful attempt by
the global 'gay' movement and its media allies to paint Uganda as a
pariah state filled with hateful bigots (as in the propaganda film
Loves Uganda), is simply a disgusting modern example of the
same 'blood libel' used against the Jews by the Nazis,” he added.