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Lawsuit: US pastor runs anti-gay effort in Uganda

A Massachusetts evangelist faces a federal lawsuit that alleges he has waged a decades-long campaign to persecute gays in Uganda.

The Center for Constitutional Rights filed the suit Wednesday against Scott Lively of the Redemption Gate Mission Society in Springfield. A center attorney said it is bringing the case on behalf of the group Sexual Minorities Uganda under a statute that allows non-citizens to file actions in U.S. courts for violations of international law.

Lively told The Associated Press earlier that he hadn't read the complaint yet, but believed the legal action was "absurd" and "completely frivolous." Lively has said previously that he has advised the Ugandan parliament on issues involving gays.

Protesters planned to march from the Springfield federal courthouse to Lively's nearby business, the Holy Grounds Coffee House.