(EDGE) The "crimes against humanity" case against anti-LGBT hate group leader Scott Lively for his part in the formation of Uganda's "kill the gays" law was dropped in federal district court on Monday. According to Equality Case Files, the court granted a summary judgement in Lively's favor, based on lack of jurisdiction.
The plaintiff in the case, Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), was seeking monetary damages under the Alien Tort Statute (ATS). But, according to the Memorandum and Order issued by the court, it was determined that "ATS provides no jurisdiction over a claim for injuries -- however grievous - - occurring entirely in a foreign country such as Uganda."
Although Lively was able to walk away scot-free from the landmark case, the court did note that his actions were in violation of international law.
"Anyone reading this memorandum should make no mistake," the memorandum and order states. "The question before the court is not whether Defendant's actions in aiding and abetting efforts to demonize, intimidate, and injure LGBTI people in Uganda constitute violations of international law. They do."
Lively was represented in court by the anti-LGBT hate group Liberty Counsel.
As head of the Massachusetts-based anti-LGBT hate group Abiding Truth Ministries, Lively made high-profile visits to Uganda where he met with legislators and government officials before the passage of the African nation's "Kill the Gays" bill. The law, which downgraded the punishment of homosexuality from death to life in prison, was eventually thrown out in court on a technicality.