This Oregonian us sincerely sorry that the architect of so many anti gay laws in the third world was born and raised in Oregon. He once headed the Oregon Citizen's Alliance. The architect of a since overturned anti gay initiative here in Oregon. His name is Scott Liveley and he still lives in Springfield. Only it's now in Massachusetts. Thank heaven. He's managed to spread his poison in several countries including Russia, Latvia and Uganda.
This editorial was in the Eugene Register Guard today. No copy right infringement is intended, just wanted to share
’s ugly law Uganda
Former OCA leader helped stoke anti-gay sentiment
As Americans have become more accepting of homosexuality in recent years, the opposite is true in
where more than three dozen countries have enacted laws banning same-sex
On Monday, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed into law a reprehensible bill that took
Africa’s anti-gay movement to a despicable new level,
imposing harsh sentences for homosexual acts, including life imprisonment in
It’s a cruel irony that the groundwork for
new Anti-Homosexuality Law was laid in part by American Christian
fundamentalist groups that have actively fueled anti-gay sentiment. Prominent
among them has been former Oregon Citizens Alliance communications director
Scott Lively, an anti-gay activist who attended a 2009 conference in Uganda
where he called the gay rights movement an “evil institution [whose] goal is to
defeat the marriage-based society and replace it with a culture of sexual
Many Oregonians would just as soon forget about Lively, who played a central role in promoting divisive anti-gay initiatives in
in the 1990s. Lively got his first taste of international attention in 1992
when the OCA tried, and thankfully failed, to pass an initiative — Measure 9 —
that called upon the state to discourage homosexuality as “abnormal, wrong,
unnatural and perverse.”
More than a decade later, Lively and his anti-gay vitriol resurfaced in Uganda where he and other U.S. fundamentalists gave presentations to thousands of people on what they called “the whole hidden and dark” gay agenda and the dire threat they said gays and lesbians posed to African children and families.
A few weeks after the conference, a Ugandan politician introduced the Anti-Homosexuality bill of 2009, which would have imposed a death sentence for homosexual behavior. After an international outcry, the death penalty provision was downgraded in later versions to life imprisonment for some offenses.
African and Western gay rights activists had hoped that Museveni would veto the bill after it was approved late last year. Instead, Museveni signed one of the most draconian anti-gay laws in
Africa — more severe even
than a similar law recently signed into law by Nigerian President Goodluck
law imposes 14-year prison terms upon people who commit homosexual acts.
Lively, who now lives in Springfield, Mass., is the target of a lawsuit filed in U.S.
federal court by Ugandan gay activists. The lawsuit charges that Lively’s
attacks on gays in Uganda
violated international law.
It was perhaps with that lawsuit in mind that Lively told The Associated Press that
new law is overly harsh. He said he would have preferred that Ugandans followed
the lead of Russia,
which recently enacted a law banning “homosexual propaganda.” Lively has
boasted that he helped lay the groundwork for the law in his 2007 tour of Russia.
It says much about Lively that he admires and claims credit for a Russian law that supports the persecution of gays and supporters of gay tolerance. Such laws, whether they’re in
violate fundamental human rights. The countries that enact them are moving in a
perilous and destructive direction