US judge rules that pastor may be sued for opposition to homosexuality in Uganda

Citing the Alien Tort Statute, which became law in 1789, a US district judge has ruled that a Ugandan umbrella LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex) organization may sue an American evangelical pastor in US court for allegedly committing “crimes against humanity.”

The Alien Tort Statute (ATS) permits foreign citizens to sue US citizens in US courts for actions “committed in violation of the law of nations or a treaty of the United States.”

According to the court decision, Scott Lively, a Massachusetts pastor, reportedly traveled to Uganda, spoke out against homosexuality, linked homosexuality to pornography and pedophilia, and assisted government officials with the drafting of anti-homosexuality legislation.