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There's an old Polish proverb that says, "No sword is bloodier than an idealist who feels his morals have been betrayed."

Last week, I wrote about Louis Marinelli, a guy who started a FAILbook page defending straight marriage who had a change of heart, a change of stance, and DELETED FUCKING EVERYTHING, leaving the 290,000 followers wondering what happened.

Brian Brown is the president of the National Organization for Marriage, which the page eventually morphed into.  He says that Marinell has violated a confidentiality agreement he signed and is threatening to sue him.

If I had to bet money, I don't think this is going to go anywhere.  Technically, the Facebook page was Marinelli's.  It was his initially, and he let it be branded with NOM's logo.  He didn't reveal any secrets, he just deleted his own page, which he has the right to do.  More to the point, there's nothing to stop Brown or someone else from starting another page and everyone just migrating to it.

I also have a little question for Brown.  Everyone knows you are getting desperate.  California twice has tried to ban gay marriage.  The first time, there was a clear majority that favored banning when the law was struck down as unConstitutional.  The second time, you only had a slim margin believing gay marriage was wrong when the state constitution was amended, and the amendment only passed because of the massive influx of cash and footsoldiers from Utah.  That is a dramatic amount of change in public opinion in such a short time.  And today, a poll was released that shows that a slim majority of Americans supports same sex marriage.  You are running out of time to enshrine your intolerance.

So here's my question --

Why would you want someone in your organization that people can point to and use to undermine your organization?  Do you really want to win so personal a war at the risk of your dying agenda?

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unnecessary_
Apr. 24th, 2011 11:20 pm (UTC)
I'm a Polish immigrant so it pleases me to learn little things about my abandoned homeland.

I'm a little confused about what which man did or is doing?
sinetimore
Apr. 25th, 2011 10:20 am (UTC)
Sorry about that. It's actually not an old Polish proverb. (I'm about half Polish, and that's the heritage I feel closest to.) It's sort of a running gag for me to, before I pull out some expression, to introduce it as, "There's an old Polish proverb that says...." I stole it from Banacek.

For what Marinelli did, here's the bullet points: Five years ago, Louis Marinelli started a FaceBook page called Project Marriage: One Man, One Woman. It gradually morphed into the official FB page for Nation Of Marriage. For the past five years, Marinelli has toured the country on behalf of straight marriage, written anti-gay posts, and stumped to promote the misguided notion that marriage has nothing to do with property and rights, but is completely and totally about love alone (damn, there's that cynicism of mine popping up like a whack-a-mole again).

Marinelli was an administrator until about a week ago. Then he quit.

And deleted everything.

The NOM page is now history, and all 290,000 fans are going, WTF?!?

"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."

Please notice that means he's in favor of civil unions, not full blown marriage, but at least he's playing for a tie.

While it's great that he's had a change of heart, I still don't like the fact that he basically silenced a bunch of dissenters (ones who had no clue this was coming). Yes, I think people who oppose gay marriage are wrong. But that doesn't mean they should be silenced based on my opinions. He should have just turned over the site to someone else (I understand Glenn Beck is available).
unnecessary_
Apr. 25th, 2011 05:56 pm (UTC)
I don't know if I agree with you there. If I created something huge and then stopped believing in it, I would disband it. I wouldn't give it to someone else. If people care enough about being anti-gay, they can start their own organization.
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