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Louis J. Marinelli: NOM Should Be Labeled A Hate Group

April 22, 2011 4:24 pm ET by Equality Matters staff

Louis Marinelli, former National Organization for Marriage (NOM) strategist and current marriage equality supporter, believes that NOM should be added to the Southern Poverty Law Center’s (SPLC) list of anti-gay hate groups, according to a new post on his blog:

Last fall the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) published an updated list of hate groups that are operating across the United States in which they included organizations such as the Family Research Council and the American Family Association. In doing so, SPLC cited multiple occasions when these organizations misrepresented the facts about gays and lesbians in the advancement of their ‘pro-family cause’.

To NOM’s delight, the SPLC did not include the National Organization for Marriage in that list. That was a mistake.

Marinelli claims that, while working with NOM, he was asked to take “crazy pictures” of marriage equality supporters who showed up to protest NOM’s rallies across the country. Those pictures, he wrote, would eventually be used as propaganda to make equality supporters look like “intolerant, inconsiderate bullies”:

[NOM President Brian] Brown was dedicated to painting the LGBT community and their supporters as crazy. They used that word themselves in public on their blog! To this day, I still don’t condone the actions that some of the counter-protesters took to stand against us. They were wrong when I opposed marriage equality and still believe so today.

From that point forward my job was, among other things, to take those ‘crazy’ photos that would be used as propaganda against the LGBT community. 

This revelation adds to the growing body of evidence that NOM is more concerned with pushing anti-gay propaganda than actually preserving the “traditional” definition of marriage. Considering the emerging evidence of NOM’s ties to ex-gay therapy, maybe it’s time SPLC’s list of anti-gay hate groups makes room for its newest entry.


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