Anti-Gay Pastor Scott Lively Shows Up at Mass. Gubernatorial Forum
Scott Lively, the Springfield, Mass.-based pastor who allegedly had a part in creating anti-gay laws in Uganda and Russia, is running for Massachusetts governor as an independent and attended a Boston gubernatorial forum on LGBT issues Tuesday night.
At the forum, held at the Boston Public Library and sponsored by Massachusetts-based LGBT rights group MassEquality and WGBH, Lively was asked about addressing domestic violence in the LGBT community, Mass Live reports.
"Why should we be propping up homosexual relationships instead of encouraging people into healthy normal...relationships?" Lively asked.
Mass Live reports that someone from the mostly pro-gay audience yelled, "move to Uganda." According to the news site, the eight candidates ignored Lively for the most part and focused on their own views supporting LGBT rights.
The Democrats candidates at the forum include state Treasure Steve Grossman, Attorney General Martha Coakley, former Medicare and Medicaid administrator Don Berwick, former Homeland Security official Juliette Kayyem and biotech exec Joe Avvelone. The independent candidates include venture capitalist Jeff McCormick, health care executive Evan Falchuk and Lively. Republican Charlie Baker, former health care executive and 2010 gubernatorial nominee, did not attended due to a scheduling conflict.
According to the Lowell Sun, Lively opposed almost every pro-LGBT position the other candidates supported. He said he was "in this race to advance a biblical world view."
"As governor I would ban LGBT propaganda to children," he added.
McCormick, who sat next to Lively and answered a number of questions after the pastor, was apparently frustrated with Lively and eventually said, "I should win an award after this. Someone owes me a martini."
The other candidates largely disagreed with Lively's views.
"Those of us who support LGBTQ rights are on the right side of history, and no amount of wishful thinking by someone who imagines that if only we wished hard enough these issues would go away, it's just not the way reality works," Kayyem told Mass Live after the forum. "In some ways, ignoring the commentary was the best approach."