Scott Lively on Friday argued against a proposed gay protections ordinance to be debated next month in Springfield, Missouri.

The City Council committee in June approved the proposal which would make it illegal to deny someone a job, housing or public services based on sexual orientation or gender identity in Springfield. The Mayor's Commission on Human Rights and Community Relations has endorsed the changes to existing city law and the whole council is set to debate the issue next month.

“Don't let this anti-discrimination ordinance go through,” Lively told a crowd of nearly 70 people gathered at The Library Station. “It's like chicken pox. It's in your system forever. You've got to kill this thing before it goes in.”

Lively, the president of the Springfield, Massachusetts-based Abiding Truth Ministries, is currently being sued by a gay rights group in Uganda. The group claims that Lively “conspired with religious and political leaders in Uganda to whip up anti-gay hysteria with warnings that gay people would sodomize African children and corrupt their culture” and that his speech is in part responsible for the persecution of gay people in Uganda.

Lively is also the author of The Pink Swastika: Homosexuality in the Nazi Party, which attempts to draw parallels between the modern gay rights movement and Nazism, and calls gay rights dangerous.

At the podium, Lively decried the notion of calling the rights of sexual minorities civil rights.

“Since when is sodomy a civil right?” Lively rhetorically asked. “It's a ridiculous, preposterous notion! There's absolutely no correlation between sodomy and skin color.”

Lively came to Springfield at the request of Mark Kiser, president of Reclaiming Missouri for Christ.

“I wanted him to bring some shock and awe and wake up the Christian community,” Kiser told the Springfield News-Leader. “The Christian community here is asleep.”