Apparently, being a defendant in a crimes against humanities case isn’t good enough for antigay crusader Scott Lively. He also wants to be governor of Massachusetts. In a statement on his website, Lively says he is “convinced that I should run,” and will enter the race as an independent. (Presumably, even the GOP isn’t crazy enough to accept him.)
Massachusetts is one of the most liberal states in the nation and one of the first to legalize marriage equality, so Lively would have a better chance of winning as an entrant in the Kentucky Derby. He admits as much in his statement. “I expect to often be asked by reporters what I think my prospects are for winning this election,” Lively writes. “To this I reply that it would take a miracle from God for Scott Lively to become Governor of Massachusetts — and I wouldn’t want it any other way.”
As for Lively’s platform—do you have to ask? “The people of this state need a candidate who can clearly and unapologetically articulate Biblical values without fear or compromise. They need a candidate who will tell the simple truth that abortion is murder, and homosexuality is condemned by God (but that Jesus forgives and heals those who repent).”
Lively has been focused more on other countries of late, successfully promoting virulent homophobia in Russia and Uganda. It’s hard to imagine that his message will play nearly as well in the Bay State. Good thing, however, that he’s not a resident of the deep South, or we might have had to call him governor after all.