Marriage Equality: Conversion Narrative

NOM has lost a hater. A couple of weeks ago, Louis J. Marinelli jumped ship and now supports full marriage equality. He was turned off by the people who had gathered around the cause:

I soon realized that there I was surrounded by hateful people; propping up a cause I created five years ago, a cause which I had begun to question. This would be timeline point number three. I wanted to extend an olive branch in some way and started to reinstate those who had been banned by previous administrators of my page. I welcomed them to participate on the page and did what I could do erase the worst comments and even ban those who posted them.

He explains as well exactly how, as a conservative, Catholic, and Republican, he has come to see where he was wrong:

Once you understand the great difference between civil marriage and holy marriage, there is not one valid reason to forbid the former from same-sex couples, and all that is left to protect is the latter.

Indeed Christians and Catholics alike are well within their right to demand that holy matrimony, a sacrament and service performed by the Church and recognized by the Church, remains between a man and a woman as their faith would dictate. However, that has nothing to do with civil marriage, performed and recognized by the State in accordance with state law.

My name is Louis J. Marinelli, a conservative-Republican and I now support full civil marriage equality. The constitution calls for nothing less.

For those of us for whom this is obvious, it’s easy to scoff, but I got goosebumps reading his entire letter about this conversion, and interestingly, I would place it very much in a huge tradition of Christian “conversion” literature – it’s not Saul to Paul, but I’ll take it!

3 Replies to “Marriage Equality: Conversion Narrative”

  1. This is exactly the position I came to years ago and I am also a conservative and Christian-leaning individual. There is a legal civil marriage contract and a religious one. In France, two ceremonies are conducted; a civil marriage and a religious one. The civil marriage is the only one recognized by the state for legal purposes. The religious ceremony is the traditional one that is recognized by the church.

    Churches have the right to refuse to marry or recognize any marriage that does not conform to their beliefs. I’ve always said that, but ANY two people of legal age shuld be able to have a civil marriage.

  2. When Norma McCorvey publicly announced her conversion to a pro-life point of view, how many pro-choicers did she bring along with her? I have nothing empirical, but I’d argue not many. She got quite a bit of media coverage for her new friends (Flip Benham) but that’s about it.

    Thus would I posit that Mr. Marinelli’s change of heart will do precious little to alter the course of the dialogue on this subject.

  3. If there’s something more beautiful than somebody letting their conscience lead them – in defiance of traditional political alliances – I really can’t think of what it is.

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