A spokesman for the anti-gay American Family Association has lamented about the advancement of gay rights, and expressed a distaste at the idea that the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), may lift its ban on gay members.

Buster Wilson of the AFA, weighed in on the argument around the Scouts, suggesting that large companies were only supporting gay rights for fear of being branded “bad boys”, by human rights group the Human Rights Campaign.

The BSA recently proposed to lift the ban on gay youth members but said that it may continue to exclude gay adults as leaders.

He said:”‘They hate gays, they won’t let known gays be scout leaders, so if you don’t stop supporting them we’re going to tell the world that AT&T and UPS and all these other groups, we’re going to tell the world that you’re anti-gay yourself.’ Of course, AT&T and UPS are pushing the screws on the Boy Scouts because they don’t want to get labeled by the Human Rights Campaign as bad boys.”

He went on to suggest that the “slumber”, during which the gay rights movement made advancements, “culminated” on the day that President Obama was inaugurated for the first time.

He said: “I want to tell you something, this is, what has happened to us? It’s like somewhere between 1998 and 2005 we fell asleep, we went into some sort of slumber, it was like some sort of magical spell over all of us and when we woke up we were a different place. Actually it wasn’t 2005, actually it was 2008; it started in 2008 and it was culminated on January, 20, 2009, and if you’re smart enough you can figure out what I’m talking about there.”

Wilson then went on to ponder why “respected godly men”, and those who interpret the Bible to mean that being gay is wrong, would automatically be branded “hatemongers”.

“We woke up and it was like all of the sudden the world was upside down and respected godly men like Franklin Graham and Greg Laurie are no longer respected, they’re hatemongers, they’re filled with hate. When we went to sleep it was sort of understood around the world that homosexuals are out there and homosexuals want to be accepted and they’re pushing for some things and that’s the reality of the world we live in,” he continued.

“But when we woke up it was like everybody who is not homosexual-supportive is the bad guy. I mean if I believe the Bible and what the Bible says about homosexuality I’m a hate monger.”

Wilson previously suggested that the American Family Association would boycott all Google products in response to the internet giant’s Legalise Love campaign.

The BSA is under pressure from religious organisations which have put pressure on it not to change its policy.

In July 2012, after a two year review, the Boy Scouts of America announced it would retain its ban on gay members, volunteers and staff.

Thousands of scouts have spoken out against the policy, and more than 1.2 million Americans signed petitions against it, according to Scouts for Equality.