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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?


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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