Jeremy Hooper's website, GoodAsYou.org is like a well-organized database of all of the atrocities performed by the religious far-right. Jeremy has broken much important news at the page: we found out about Chick-Fil-A's homophobic philanthropy policies through his site, and we generally learn all things NOM from Mr. Hooper.
Jeremy's work has the exhaustiveness of a gumshoe investigative reporter - with thorough, very well-researched pieces that get picked up by major news outlets and progressive organizations all the time.
Jeremy was also very intimately familiar with the hateful NOM anti-gay bus tour across America, which - as Bilerico readers will remember from a notorious stop in Indianapolis - brought out some of the worst and dangerous hateful and angry bigots in America. The messaging was scary, as evidenced by this sign from Indiana that went everywhere on the web.
So imagine Jeremy's sense of satisfaction this morning when he broke the news, NOM bus tour organizer Louis Marinelli has come out for marriage equality.
Here is the bit from the piece that counts:
Okay, but why are we rehashing all of this now, almost a year later? Well. Uhm. Because. Ya See. It turns out. The thing is....
LOUIS MARINELLI NOW SUPPORTS
OUR CIVIL MARRIAGE EQUALITY!
Yes, you read that correctly. While still not in full support of homosexuality on some levels (where he needs our help to correct misinformation), Louis is now [a] repudiating virtually all of the vitriol that he put on the public record; [b] is owning up to the major role that he's played with NOM, including admitting that he was the impetus behind the whole summer tour; and [c] is coming out in full support of the civil marriage rights that gay people are seeking. And even more important that that: He, the man who gave NOM its official "protect marriage" Facebook page and who has been working as an independent contractor with the org. ever since (and still is, reporting directly to Brian Brown, at least up until the moment this post goes live), quite literally credits exposure to the NOM tour as the very thing that led to his change of heart!!!!!
NOM'S TOUR MASTERMIND,
AND ONLINE STRATEGIST,
LOUIS MARINELLI, NOW SUPPORTS
OUR CIVIL MARRIAGE EQUALITY!
THE MUCH-BALLYHOOED SUMMER
MARRIAGE TOUR 2010
OPENED HIS EYES!
So now, without further ado: Here is Louis J. Marinelli, in his own, unedited words:
Jeremy conducted an interview over email with Louis where Louis revealed his eyes were opened on the tour, and that he repudiates much of what he posted on NOM's Twitter and Facebook feed during the tour. Though Louis still has some things to work out and learn, he's coming along toward the side of the good and the just.
In fact, as you'll see further into the story, which seems to be continuously being updated with new developments, Louis is working to actively scrub NOM's Facebook and Twitter as I write this of all links to the most dangerous of anti-gay writing and hate speech. Please go to the post and read the whole story - this is huge!