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Scott Lively Qualifies for Ballot in Massachusetts Governor’s Race

Jim Burroway

August 20th, 2014

Massachusetts voters will have an interesting lineup to chose their next governor from in November:

Scott D. Lively, a Christian pastor best known for his anti-gay activity, has submitted the necessary signatures and paperwork to qualify as an independent candidate for governor. He will appear on the November ballot, according to Brian S. McNiff, a spokesman for the Massachusetts secretary of state.

Ten thousand valid signatures were needed to qualify. Two other independents will also be on the November ballot. In addition, the state primary on September 9 will select the Democratic and Republican nominees for the race.

Lively ran for governor in 2010 as a write-in candidate with the backing of the Massachusetts extremist anti-gay group MassResistance. His current campaign website looks like it was hosted on Geocities in a previous life. His running mate, Shelly Saunders (“a Black Conservative Democrat”), is a member of his church.

Lively is currently being sued in Federal District Court brought by the Center for Constitutional Rights on behalf of Sexual Minorities UGanda, charging him with conspiring to commit crimes against humanity by denying the LGBT community of their rights under International Law. Lively is being sued under the Alien Tort Statute, which provides federal jurisdiction for “any civil action by an alien, for a tort only, committed in violation of the law of nations or a treaty of the United States.”



August 20th, 2014 | LINK

I’d like to know how someone like Lively got TEN THOUSAND Massachusettsans to support him for governor of their otherwise-progressive state.

Ben in Oakland
August 20th, 2014 | LINK

I wouldn’t be surprised I if a whole lot of people who would prefer dogshit on their shoes instead of stepping in a mess ok lively signed his petition. Keeps him busy,wastes Christianist money, and gives him a platform to spew stuff that doesn’t appeal to any sane person.

August 20th, 2014 | LINK


Thom Watson
August 21st, 2014 | LINK

You’d think someone who could get 10,000 signatures would be able to find more than 72 people to Like his official Facebook page. I wonder what kind of certification process those signatures go through, if any.

August 21st, 2014 | LINK

What is the rate of sociopathogy in the general population? Massachusetts has over 6.6 million people. Ten grand is 1.5/100ths of a percent of that total. Add in the stupid and the uninformed and you have to figure less than a thousand needed to be forged…

August 21st, 2014 | LINK

If I lived in Massachusetts, I would have signed the petition. I’d love to see Lively’s rhetoric get more exposure. I’d like to see him become as infamous as the Westboro Baptist Church.

August 21st, 2014 | LINK

I live in MA. If I weren’t reading all the LGBT articles that I do I wouldn’t have any idea who Scott Lively is. I don’t hear much about him here in eastern MA.

Dave H
August 22nd, 2014 | LINK

Isn’t it ironic that he uses a rainbow as one of the most prominent features of his web site’s header image?

No doubt he’s trying to take the rainbow back from Teh Gay.

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