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06/29/2010

NOM's Summer Marriage Tour: Because mellow vibes, peace, and love are for hippies

by Jeremy Hooper

Oh, so it turns out that Louis "gays want pedophilia, prostitution, and polygamy" Marinelli isn't the only eye-opening figure involved with the National Organization For Marriage's Summer Marriage Tour. For the Maine leg, Bob Emrich, a man who has posted several pro-"ex-gay" videos to his official YouTube page...

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...will be rallying the troops with his "gays can change" views. Because let's be honest: Why should any of us think that NOM plans to stop at our ring fingers?

This from the Portland Press Herald:

Emrich said NOM's executive director, Brian Brown, asked if Maine could be part of the tour. A group called Protect Marriage: One Man, One Woman helps raise money for NOM and included a message about the tour on its website.

"For too long have we been members of a silent majority, watching the news in disdain as one state after another legalizes gay marriage," wrote Louis J. Marinelli, director of operations. "For too long have we considered our mere membership in a Facebook group or our signature on an online petition to be sufficient to counter the liberal-progressive attack on our traditions and values."

Maine rally to launch tour for traditional marriage [Portland Press Herald]

So there we have it: An even further connection to the incendiary Marinelli, and further proof that NOM is pulling out all of the eye-opening stops for this summer month soiree. The only driving motivation seems to be people and money, with no concern about whether or not the forces pushing this NOM-branded tour are anywhere close to on-message. So that by September, Maggie and Brian can be sure that their "we're just nice Christians who care only about marriage" house of cards will fittingly start to autumn fall.

Our only remaining question at this point: Do we think they'll allow tour-goers to have tailgate parties, or will any drinks served up their in the rear be branded "Sodomy Sangrias"? We won't even ask about backdoor weiners.

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**EARLIER: Our must-read piece on the founder and director of this summer tour, and all of the beyond-the-pale things he's said about us: Exclusive: National Org. For Marriage conclusively linked to Louis 'gays want prostitution, pedophilia, and polygamy' Marinelli [G-A-Y]

**EARLIER #2: The time Mr. Emrich sent around a supporter email that lent credence to Uganda's so-called "kill gays" bill, then tried to turn the tables on us (and others) for merely pointing out his actions: Okay Mr. Emrich, if you wanna go there [G-A-Y]

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