Louis Marinelli was a key strategist for the National Organization for Marriage (NOM). He was responsible for developing the grassroots and online messaging strategy for the group and had been leading NOM’s national bus tour.
Recently, Marinelli defected to announce that he has undergone a “transition” from ardent opponent of LGBT rights and marriage equality to supporting full marriage rights for same-sex couples.
Marinelli posted this on his blog:
Having spent the last five years putting all of my political will, interest and energy into fighting against the spread of same-sex marriage as if it were a contagious disease, I must admit that it is hard for me to put the following text into words let alone utter them with my own voice.
Whether it is an issue of disbelief, shame or embarrassment, the one thing that is for sure is that I have come to this point after several months of an internal conflict with myself. That conflict gradually tore away at me until recently when I was able to for the first time simply admit to myself that I do in fact support civil marriage equality.
Apparently traveling the nation and witnessing the handful of NOM supporters and anti-LGBT protestors met with hundreds or even thousands of supporters of equality really puts things into perspective.
But the best part is, with Marinelli’s exit from the group, NOM lost 290,000 Facebook followers. The group’s page was down to only 15 fans at one point, but has since regained a few hundred crazies.