Gay rights foe Scott Lively has suggested that Ugandan gay rights activist David Kato might have been killed by a gay lover.

Hundreds of people gathered Friday to say goodbye to Kato, 43, who was found bludgeoned to death with a hammer in his home near Kampala, the nation's capital.

Kato and his group, Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUg), had campaigned against a proposed bill that includes a death penalty provision for people who repeatedly engage in gay sex and those who are HIV-positive. Being gay in Uganda is already a criminal offense punishable by life imprisonment in some cases.

Friends told the BBC that Kato had received repeated death threats after his name, photograph and address were published in Uganda's Rolling Stone newspaper late last year. The cover story of Uganda's “top 100 homos” included a yellow banner that read “hang them.”

Lively, who has argued that gay rights are dangerous and has admitted that he traveled to Uganda to give testimony in favor of the anti-gay measure, argues that Kato's death was just as likely the result of a lover's spat as anti-gay sentiment.

“Ugandan homosexual activist David Cato [sic] was murdered yesterday in his home,” Lively wrote on his blog. “To my knowledge, no one has been arrested for the crime so the motive at this time is purely a matter of conjecture. CNN is reporting that money and clothing had been stolen from his house, which would suggest a run-of-the-mill criminal intent. There is also the possibility that he was killed by a 'gay' lover, as was the case with another homosexual activist two weeks ago in New York. Carlos Castro was castrated with a corkscrew by his boyfriend and bled to death in his hotel room.”

Lively's reference neglects to include the fact that Portuguese journalist Castro – unlike Kato – wasn't the target of anti-gay hate.