Anti-gay activist Scott Lively has claimed that “everyone was pretty happy” when gay men and lesbians “lived discretely” in the 1940s and the 1950s.

Lively, who is also an independent candidate for governor of Massachusetts, made the claim during a wide ranging interview with a Denver radio program.

“In the 40s and 50s, there was a homosexual subculture,” Lively said. “But the gays weren't demanding to have control over all the cultural institutions. They weren't demanding that homosexuality be legitimized to children and to be on every television show and every aspect, sports figures coming out and that sort of thing.”

“They lived discreetly and everybody was pretty happy.”

But in 60s, Lively said, gays adopted the “radicalism of the cultural Marxists.”

“That was all about destroying the existing order, destroying it down to ashes, so they could rebuild society according to their own socialist utopian model. And that's what this whole culture war is about. It's a conflict really between Christians and Marxists,” Lively added.