Scott Lively

Scott Lively (b. Dec. 14, 1957), is an activist noted for his opposition to LGBT rights and his involvement in the ex-gay movement. He is the president of Abiding Truth Ministries, a conservative Christian organization located in Temecula, California, and the former state director of the California branch of the American Family Association. Lively has called for the criminalization of “the public advocacy of homosexuality” as far back as 2007, and is being sued in U.S. federal court by a Ugandan Ugandan LGBTI advocacy organization for his alleged role in influencing anti-gay laws in Uganda and the persecution of LGBT people in that country.

On Feb. 21, 2014, Lively and fellow anti-gay activist Peter LaBarbera announced formation of the Coalition for Family Values aimed at persuading more countries around the world to follow Russia’s example in passing laws that restrict gay rights.

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Lively: Gays are ‘using parts of the body in ways they’re not supposed to be used’

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Anti-gay crusader and Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate Scott Lively was a guest on the "The Alan Colmes Show" Tuesday, where he attempted to explain why “homosexuality is a behavioral disorder on par with alcoholism or eating disorders.” [ Read more → ]
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Lively: Revolution coming because people are ‘fed up’ with ‘homosexual agenda’

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Scott Lively was a guest on Bryan Fischer’s radio program on Monday to discuss his campaign for governor in Massachusetts but, of course, most of the interview revolved around Fischer’s and Lively’s mutual battle against the “homosexual agenda.” [ Read more → ]
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The PR campaign to whitewash the right’s anti-gay Uganda history

Sunday, March 9, 2014
As a communications person myself, I can really appreciate a good PR campaign, and the best I’ve seen in a long time is the new effort by U.S. right-wing evangelicals to completely whitewash their own history of involvement with Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality law. For the last five years, human rights advocates around the world been discussing how U.S. conservative figures were integrally involved in the creation of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill (originally called the “Kill the Gays Bill”). [ Read more → ]
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U.S. conservatives form global coalition to encourage anti-gay laws abroad

Friday, February 21, 2014
WASHINGTON -- Two longtime opponents of the U.S. gay-rights movement on Friday announced formation of a coalition that will seek to persuade more countries around the world to follow Russia's example in passing laws that restrict gay rights. [ Read more → ]
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Uganda passes tough new law against homosexuality

Friday, December 20, 2013
KAMPALA, Uganda -- Ugandan lawmakers on Friday passed an anti-gay law that punishes "aggravated homosexuality" with life imprisonment. [ Read more → ]
Russian paratroopers attack a gay activist earlier this year.

Anti-gay activist Scott Lively: Gay people are behind anti-gay violence in Russia

Wednesday, November 20, 2013
While Russia is experiencing an increase in violence directed at gay people and enacting new laws criminalizing pro-gay speech, US Religious Right activists Scott Lively and Linda Harvey are simply denying the prevalence of anti-gay violence. In fact, Lively is blaming other gay people for the uptick in hates crimes. [ Read more → ]
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Meet Janet Mefferd, the go-to radio host for anti-LGBT hate mongers

Sunday, October 27, 2013
Janet Mefferd has become one of talk radio's most relentless purveyors of homophobia, using her eponymous program to provide a platform to fringe anti-LGBT activists and to spout her own bigoted, occasionally conspiracy-minded views. [ Read more → ]
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Anti-gay crusader Scott Lively returns to Russia to discuss ‘traditional’ values

Friday, October 18, 2013
MOSCOW -- Anti-gay activist Scott Lively returned to Russia this week at the invitation of the Rockford, Ill.-based World Congress of Families (WCF), a Christian group that has opposed same-sex marriage and adoption of children by same-sex couples or LGBT parents in the United States and globally. [ Read more → ]

How the American Right came to embrace Russia’s anti-gay crackdown

Thursday, October 3, 2013
American conservative groups haven’t just praised Russia’s crackdown on gays. Working through several channels, American anti-gay activists quietly provided intellectual backing and international support that directly and indirectly fueled the resurgent anti-gay movement in Russia and in other former Soviet states like Lithuania, Moldova and Ukraine. [ Read more → ]
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Anti-gay pastor, target of federal lawsuit, launches campaign for Mass. governor

Tuesday, October 1, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Anti-gay Pastor Scott Lively, the leader of his own Abiding Truth Ministries, and who has dedicated his career and life to combating what he calls the “evil Satan inspired homosexual agenda," announced Monday that he is entering the race for Governor of Massachusetts. [ Read more → ]

Scott Lively: Russia’s anti-gay law ‘one of the proudest achievements of my career’

Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Scott Lively was the guest on Bryan Fischer’s radio program Monday, and while, unfortunately, they did not discuss Lively’s theory that President Obama is the Antichrist, they did discuss their mutual admiration for Russia’s anti-gay crackdown. [ Read more → ]
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Scott Lively’s war on gays spans the U.S. to Uganda, Russia and beyond

Friday, September 20, 2013
Ask any LGBT rights activist to name the one person that they would pick as the community's arch-nemesis, and the likely answer would be Scott Lively, a Springfield, Mass., evangelical pastor and part-time coffeehouse barista. [ Read more → ]
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Judge allows landmark case against anti-gay religious leader to proceed

Wednesday, August 14, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- In a first-of-its kind case brought by a Ugandan LGBTI advocacy organization against a prominent U.S. anti-gay extremist, a federal judge on Wednesday ruled that persecution on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity is a crime against humanity and that the fundamental human rights of LGBTI people are protected under international law. [ Read more → ]
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Lively: ‘Wedding songs to homosexual marriage’ are responsible for Noah’s flood, End Times

Thursday, January 10, 2013
Pastor Scott Lively, in an interview Tuesday with Sandy Rios of the American Family Association warned that homosexuality “is the issue of the End Times.” According to Lively, the advance of gay rights will lead to the persecution and killing of Christians like in the... [ Read more → ]
Activists gather outside Massachusetts courthouse Monday in support of gay Ugandans.Photo: © Joe Oliverio.

Federal judge considers dismissal of suit against anti-gay pastor Scott Lively

Monday, January 7, 2013
A crowd of U.S. LGBT activists, holding signs outside the Hampden Federal Courthouse in Massachusetts, braved the early morning cold to support Uganda’s LGBTI community in the first case of its type on U.S. soil, where opening arguments commenced today in a motion for dismissal by anti-gay pastor Scott Lively. [ Read more → ]
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Scott Lively argument set for next week as persecution of gays escalates in Uganda

Thursday, January 3, 2013
When Scott Lively, the founder of Christian Evangelical group Abiding Truth Ministries journeyed to Uganda to incite the persecution of gays, he had no idea that his mission would lead to a lawsuit by Ugandans, on U.S. soil, charging that he had committed crimes against humanity. [ Read more → ]
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Scott Lively: Intimidate pro-gay rights officials with ‘angry crowds with tar and feathers in hand’

Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Scott Lively — the activist who urged Uganda to imprison gays who refuse sexual orientation conversion therapy and blames the Holocaust on gay people – says the anti-gay movement has been too nice and must now bring out “angry crowds with tar and feathers in hand” to intimidate officials who back “gay fascism bills,” or anti-discrimination measures. [ Read more → ]
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‘Christian’ groups demand Fox News drop ‘homosexual agitator’ Wayne Besen

Friday, August 24, 2012
REEDVILLE, Va. -- A number of self-described "Christian, family values" groups banded together Thursday demanding that Fox News discontinue guest appearances by "homosexual agitator" Wayne Besen on the O'Reilly Factor talk show, saying Besen is "demonizing conservative organizations and individuals." [ Read more → ]
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‘Hate group’ leader preaches against anti-discrimination law in Missouri

Monday, July 16, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo -- Scott Lively, a noted anti-LGBT extremist and the head of the Massachusetts-based Abiding Truth Ministries -- a group listed by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group -- told an audience of 70 people on Friday night that a culture war is currently being waged between those fighting for sexual anarchy and those fighting for family values. [ Read more → ]

Blogger uncovers ‘secret’ Facebook group aimed at disseminating anti-gay information

Tuesday, April 24, 2012
LGBT activist and blogger Alvin McEwen this week uncovered a "secret" Facebook group -- whose memberships reads like a "who's who" of anti-gay activists -- aimed at promoting and disseminating anti-gay information through websites, including Youtube, Twitter and Facebook. [ Read more → ]
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Anti-gay extremist planning day of ‘teaching and preaching’ in Oklahoma

Thursday, April 19, 2012
Anti-gay extremist Scott Lively, has been invited to visit the Draper Park Christian Church in Oklahoma City for three days of “teaching and preaching,” from April 27-29, 2012. His visit happens to follow both the Holocaust Day of Remembrance and the Day of Silence, which is timely, since much of Lively’s career has been built around attempting to mis-educate and confuse people about the lives of LGBT people and making frankly absurd claims about gay people within the Nazi Party. [ Read more → ]

Hate group speakers draw LGBT protesters at Boston tea party rally

Monday, April 16, 2012
BOSTON -- A Tea Party rally in Boston on Sunday -- featuring guest speakers from two noted anti-gay hate groups -- drew a crowd of counter protesters from LGBT advocacy group Join the Impact Massachusetts and members of the Occupy movement, and led to arrests of at least three people. [ Read more → ]
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Lively claims lawsuit targets him for speaking anti-gay ‘truth of the Bible’

Thursday, March 15, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Scott Lively, the anti-gay U.S. evangelist who is the subject of a federal lawsuit filed on behalf of a Ugandan gay rights group, responded Thursday, and said he was being targeted "for speaking the truth of the Bible" about homosexuality. [ Read more → ]
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Ugandan gay rights group files lawsuit against U.S. evangelist Scott Lively

Wednesday, March 14, 2012
A Ugandan gay rights group on Wednesday filed suit in federal court in Massachusetts against notorious American evangelist, Scott Lively, accusing him of violating international law by inciting the persecution of homosexuals in Uganda. [ Read more → ]
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Scott Lively: Gay-Straight alliance clubs are designed to recruit kids

Friday, February 3, 2012
Scott Lively has found time to go after the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) and accuse them of creating Gay-Straight Alliances in schools as part of an effort to seduce lonely kids and recruit them into homosexuality: [ Read more → ]
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