Lively Laments Failure Of 1992 Effort To Require Teaching That Gays Are “Abnormal, Wrong, Unnatural, And Perverse”

In the same interview with Peter LaBarbera of Americans For Truth About Homosexuality in which Scott Lively revealed that he is contemplating filing defamation lawsuits because he says that false statements about anti-gay activism are posing a threat to his life, he also lamented the failure of a 1992 effort to pass a constitutional amendment in Oregon that would have declared homosexuality to be “abnormal, wrong, unnatural, and perverse.”

At the time, Lively was serving as Director of Communications for the Oregon Citizens Alliance, the organization responsible for a ballot initiative known as Measure 9 that would have required public schools to teach that “homosexuality, pedophilia, sadism and masochism [are] abnormal, wrong, unnatural, and perverse and that these behaviors are to be discouraged and avoided.”

The measure failed, much to Lively’s dismay, because had it passed the “[gay] agenda would have been stopped cold”:

Lively: I was the Communications Director for the Oregon Citizens Alliance and we had filed a ballot measure for the 1992 election. We filed it in 1991 and it set off a firestorm that really is the most intense political battle on the homosexual issue that has ever taken place in America. It was really like the gates of Hell kicked open and all the demons came out. Unbelievable level of hostility and manipulation and dirty tricks.

LaBarbera: What you Measure 9 have done?

Lively: Well, it would have amended the state Constitution to define homosexuality as unnatural and perverse – abnormal, unnatural, and perverse; we used the three words unnatural, abnormal, and perverse.

And by doing that, it would have stopped all of the government promotion of the homosexual agenda. This measure would have stopped all of that. It would have, frankly, triggered a landslide of similar measures across the country and we wouldn’t be having these conversations today because the agenda would have been stopped cold.