In a recent interview, Christian conservative Scott Lively praised Russian President Vladimir Putin's opposition to LGBT rights, and hoped the U.S. would follow if Donald Trump is elected president.

Lively, founder of Abiding Truth Ministries and a failed Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate, made his comments in an interview with Mike Heath of MaineResistance, which is opposed to LGBT rights.

“I wish we would be able to duplicate that all over the world,” Lively said of a Russian law that prohibits the promotion of “gay propaganda” to minors. “That would really solve the problem.”

“Frankly, if Trump wins in November, then he could turn out to be like Putin in Russia and push back Marxism like Putin did and invite the church to come back in and guide the culture, like Putin did. He delegates, that's his way of governing and his way of doing business and I think he is going to delegate to the church the task of shaping the culture,” Lively said.

“The culture war has always been a battle between cultural Marxists and Christians, always, especially homosexuals among the cultural Marxists, and [Trump is] pushing the cultural Marxists back and that's his primary target, political correctness, you know, the whole slate of the hard left agenda, he's just pushing back. And that's going to create a vacuum that the church is naturally going to fill because we're the ones who were guiding the culture before the Marxists took it away from us,” he added.