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01/21/2011

If NOM's Louis Marinelli wants high road, he *must* take responsibility for past tracks

by Jeremy Hooper

Today on NOM's official Facebook wall, moderator Louis J. Marinelli posted this clarification:

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Which we hope is true. Genuinely. We'd love to see NOM supporters stick to issues, not personal attacks (something that's been problematic on that Facebook wall).

But here's the really big sticking point for us. This is the same Louis J. Marinelli who, in the very recent past, used the highly-repudiated Paul Cameron's research to say that "gays have shorter life spans." The same LJM who said he thinks all gays are single, even if they are married or in a committed relationship. Who tweeted that Peter LaBarbera of the incredibly eye-opening (and personally-targeted) "Americans For Truth" group is merely "tell[ing] the truth about homosexuality." The same LJM who once said that marriage equality is "a mockery and a hijacking of the civil rights movement," who flat-out called gays an abomination, and who said that "Deviance" describes actions or behaviours that violate cultural norms - homosexuality is far from a cultural norm. Therefore, it is deviant." The same LJM who's claimed that "Homosexuality and gay marriage are wrong and harmful to society," who's emphatically stated that "there shouldn't be any recognition of homosexual relationships because that is saying that homosexuality is OK," who tweeted that "what they do is blantantly [sic] immoral. :) [smile his own], " who has compared our unions to that which might exist between a sterile brother and sister, and who even resorted to blanket character assassination in saying that one should "#nevertrust activists of the homosexual agenda - they are deceitful people who care only about themselves and not what's best for society." The same man who made an egregious video declaring that modern LGBT rights activists want the "3 P's: Prostitution, pedophilia, and polygamy":

And this is the same Marinelli who has also hit up this site's comment threads, continuing his attempts to link gays to pedophilia and polygamy. It wasn't five or ten years ago he did this -- it was all within the past year and change.

So again: We sincerely hope Louis is sincere in his call. But both he and NOM will have to forgive us if it takes a little more than just a Facebook wall to scrub away what we have already seen.

Especially since almost every single time one pulls the NOM thread -- virtually. every. single. time. -- one finds a NOM ally that does, undeniably, focus on homosexuality and its "cure."

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*NOTE: As you can see by clicking the links, many of Louis' old comments are now scrubbed. But deletion is not an apology, nor is it responsibility for what he chose to put into the public discourse. Especially considering that it was while Louis was making these comments that he and his efforts came on NOM's radar.

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