Anti-Gay Activist Actually Loves Gay Marriage

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There's an adage about intelligent people changing their minds, so maybe anti-gay activist Louis J. Marinelli is smarter than we thought. He formerly served as the National Organization For Marriage's tour organizer and social media expert, and writes that he "spent the last five years putting all of [his] political will, interest and energy into fighting against the spread of same-sex marriage as if it were a contagious disease." But on his website over the weekend, Marinelli writes that "after several months of an internal conflict," he can "for the first time simply admit...that I do in fact support civil marriage equality." He acknowledges those he has "targeted, hurt and oppressed" and hopes to "discus the events that brought about [his] change of heart."

Marinelli continues:

I soon realized that there I was surrounded by hateful people; propping up a cause I created five years ago, a cause which I had begun to question. This would be timeline point number three. I wanted to extend an olive branch in some way and started to reinstate those who had been banned by previous administrators of my page. I welcomed them to participate on the page and did what I could do erase the worst comments and even ban those who posted them.

Also, I started regularly conversing with same-sex marriage supporters in another Facebook group. This further solidified my new perception of gays and lesbians as real people, not some faceless political opponent. That could be considered the next point on the timeline.

Lastly, I came to understand the difference between civil marriage and holy marriage as in the sacrament of the Catholic Church. Let me rephrase. I understood that but either willingly chose not to accept it or just didn't see it.

He concludes with a statement: "My name is Louis J. Marinelli, a conservative-Republican and I now support full civil marriage equality. The constitution calls for nothing less."

The Facebook group run by Marinelli, "Protect Marriage: One Man, One Woman," has since been taken down, though it can be viewed here. In Marinelli's time as an anti-gay activist, the page garnered 291,359 "likes." On his Twitter this morning, Marinelli commented on pulling the Facebook page, writing, "When I left NOM, I took the [Facebook] age I created and own with me. I could no longer allow a creation of my hands to be wielded against others."

He now has a new Facebook page -- 295 likes and counting -- where he hopes to advance the marriage equality agenda.

[h/t Daily Intel]

[jcoscarelli@villagevoice.com / @joecoscarelli]


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demandequality
demandequality

What lying Lou loves is ripping of LGBT Americans. On April 7 he supported Donald Trump for President (gay bashing against marriage equality) and on April 8 Lying Lou was for marriage equality. A few weeks later he started hitting up the gAyTM for cash to get back from Russia because he is broke. When he got that money because some gay people were so desperate to be approved of even by this teabagging republithug, Lying Lou came up with this new scam- get gAyTM to pay for his summer vacation with his Russian whore.

He tried to steal that money through his ProtectOneManOneWoman gay bashing blog & Facebook page. When he realized that was not working and he had to get his money back from all those t-shirts he bought, he stole the name National Organization for Marriage Equality. A Dutch BFF of his told the legitimate Rhode Island based National Organization for Marriage Equality that lying Lou meant to ask them if he could steal their name but there was no time. He registered this bogus name with the state of Delaware to push through a faux nonprofit but since the only purpose of this nonprofit is to pay for his summer vacation, and the paperwork takes six weeks to go through, Lying Lou is in big trouble for violating 501C3 laws- he can't use the money as an individual and there is no board of directors for his Faux Nonprofit.

Now he is using LGBT and LGBT media and activists as cover for his scam.

Last August and September lying Lou tried to get donors to Russ Feingold and Barbara Boxer's campaigns killed. He tweeted their names, addresses, telephone numbers and employers (former and current) on http://twitter.com/ConservDisp... check August 28, September 3, 4 & 7th. He even threatened the lives of school children, tweeting the name of a teacher who had not taught in that school in 10 years, but had donated to Russ Feingold three years earlier. Lying Lou told people to contact the school and ask "who is teaching your students."  Lying Lou did this because Senator Feingold and Senator Boxer voted AGAINST DOMA. Lying Lou spent 6 hours threatening these American lives.

He is a con who is now trying to get LGBT Americans to pay for his summer vacation. Don't aid and abet this con man.

San Diego Bill
San Diego Bill

Mr. Sapien (that can't be your real name!),

You make the classic mistake of the right wing "Christian: You speak not OF God but FOR Him. Big difference dude. Oddly enough God isn't a Republican, no matter how much you wish He was. What hubris.

J V SAPIEN
J V SAPIEN

DEAR MR. MARINELLI,

PEOPLE ARE HUMAN AND DESERVE TO BE TREATED WITH RESPECT, BUT AT THE SAME TIME, IT'S ONLY THROUGH CHRIST THAT WE CAN TRULY BE FREE FROM OUR ERRORS (SIN). THE HOLY WORD DOESN'T CONDEMN ANYONE, GOD LOVES US ALL, BUT HATES OUR SINFUL PRACTICES. WE WERE CREATED IN HIS IMAGE, WITH ALL HIS WONDERFUL ATTRIBUTES.

THE ACT OF LESBIANISM AND GAYISM IS A LIE STRAIGHT FROM SATAN'S LIPS. HE CALLS BAD GOOD AND GOOD EVIL.

HIS HOLY WORD IS UNCHANGABLE, AS GOD IS UNCHANGABLE! WHO AM I TO TAKE ONE OF HIS LAWS AND CHANGE IT JUST FOR MY OWN PLEASURE TODAY? HE'S NOT BLIND AND HE DOESN'T FORGET....... UNTIL WE REPENT AND TURN FROM THAT PRACTICE, THEN HE'S QUICK TO FORGIVE US, HE IS WAITING ON US, BECAUSE HE LOVES US LIKE CRAZY!

MR. MARINELLI, PLEASE, GET A HOLD OF DR. MICHEAL BROWN'S BOOK "A QUEER THING HAPPENED TO AMERICA" (AMAZON.COM). YOU'LL SEE WHAT I'M TRYING TO EXPRESS HERE.

I'M TRYING TO LIVE MY LIFE ACCORDING TO HIS STATUTES. I HAVE A FEW FAMILY MEMBERS AND FRIENDS THAT ARE GAY AND LESBIANS, I JUST LOVE THEM AND PRAY FOR THEM, BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT MY GOD ASKS OF ME, CONDEMNATION IS NOT THE ANSWER! BUT THEY WILL TAKE IT AS SUCH, BECAUSE GOD IS SPEAKING TO THEIR HEARTS AND THEY ARE NOT WILLING TO LISTEN, BECAUSE THE ENEMY IS TELLING THEM THAT THEY WILL BE MISERABLE OUTSIDE OF THAT LIFE STYLE. THAT'S ANOTHER LIE!

TO BE FREE FROM SIN IS TO REALLY LIVE AND EXPERIENCE HIS BLESSINGS, WHICH HE DESIRES TO POUR OUT ON US! TASTE AND SEE THAT THE LORD IS GOOOOOOOD! HE WON'T LEAVE YOU OR FORSAKE YOU!

IF THIS OFFENDS ANYONE, IT'S BECAUSE THE LORD IS SPEAKING TO YOU....HEAR THE WORD OF THE LORD, WHILE THERE IS TIME ON YOUR SIDE. IT IS YOUR DECISION, PERSONALLY!

CONCERNED FOR YOU,J

unreligious
unreligious

He should be commended for his change of heart. Gay rights and marriage equally is won one person at a time.

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