It seems like Louis J. Marinelli just can't make up his mind. For about a year, he worked with the National Organization for Marriage, the group that advocates against marriage equality, by building up their social media following. Then, in April, he jumped ship, announced his support for same-sex marriage, and started speaking out in favor of marriage equality, even going so far as to plan a bus tour that would help people across the country understand why same-sex couples should be allowed to marry. He became one of the few prominent conservatives or Republicans to focus on campaigning in favor of marriage equality.
Now he's quitting marriage activism altogether. Two weeks ago, he posted on his website "A statement regarding [his] future plans," which blame critical LGBT liberals and their allies for leaving no room for conservative voices. It appears as though Marinelli has taken down his website, but the essay is cached:
Over the last few months I have been actively blogging about the issue of marriage equality and family parity and sharing my blog posts with the anti-gay social media network I created in hopes of reaching out and convincing other conservative-minded people like myself to, at the very least, drop their opposition to equality for same-sex couples.
I have since experienced the loneliness only a conservative Republican who supports marriage equality could feel advocating for an issue among an advocacy full of liberal Democrats. On one hand these liberal Democrats say marriage equality is not a political or ideological issue and point to me as an example of that. On the other hand, these same liberal Democrats have largely been unable to put aside our ideological differences to unite on the common ground we share on gay rights. [...]
So today, one year to the day of the conclusion of the summer marriage bus tour I organized with the National Organization for Marriage and two weeks before my new life kicks off, I am declaring my intention and desire to live a quiet and peaceful and private life pursuing personal interests in the sphere of geology, among others. I have no desire to be an activist for any issue whether it be marriage equality, which I support and will continue to support, or whether it be to protect the innocent life of an unborn child from the irresponsible 'choice' of its mother.
I have a strong distaste for the political process and politics as a whole in the country and therefore have no desire to continue to take part in that process and even though I will continue to give my two cents and likely even a couple of copecks more on current events as they develop, that shall be the extent of my involvement.