BOSTON — Scott Lively, the anti-gay pastor who has dedicated much of his professional life to combating what he calls the “evil Satan inspired homosexual agenda,” has submitted the necessary signatures and paperwork to qualify as an independent candidate for governor of the state of Massachusetts.
The Boston Globe reports that Massachusetts voters are likely to have five choices in November when they choose who will succeed Democratic Governor Deval Patrick.
The state primary is Sept. 9.
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Lively 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.