Anti-gay activist Scott Lively has taken partial credit for a controversial Russian law which prohibits “gay propaganda” to minors.

Passage of the law has prompted calls for a boycott of next year's Winter Olympics in Sochi.

In July, Lively cheered the law in a blog post, saying that he had “called specifically for legislation of this sort in my [50 city] speaking tour of the Soviet Union in 2006 and 2007.”

Lively held up the legislation as a model for the West: “Victory is still theoretically possible for the pro-family movement in the West if we are willing to pay the price.”

In comments to NBC News, Lively added: “Yes, I think I influenced the Russian law.”

NBC quoted Lively telling a Novosibirsk audience that Christians were at war with homosexuals.

“There is a war that is going on in the world,” Lively told more than 1,000 people in August of 2007. “There is a war that is waging across the entire face of the globe. It's been waging in the United States for decades, and it's been waging in Europe for decades. It's a war between Christians and homosexuals.”

Lively, president of the Christian conservative Defend the Family International, is best known for playing a key role in pushing for tough anti-gay legislation in Uganda. He 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.