Louis Marinelli: Brian Brown is threatening legal action

April 18, 2011 at 7:15 am 26 comments

By Adam Bink

Apparently the news about NOM using its supporters as tools is getting to them. With thanks for Towleroad for transcribing, here’s what Louis told Sirius/XM’s Mike Signorile:

“…I’ve received a message or two from Brian, who basically has – he’s trying to intimidate me to stop talking. He’s saying that if I don’t remove the posts I’ve posted on my site and I don’t stop telling the truth about who they are he may pursue legal action…I considered it an intimidation tactic…On two occasions he wrote me a message saying if I don’t comply with his wish that I remove certain posts from the site…that he would have no option but to pass it on to his attorneys and pursue legal action…”

I think we can guess what “certain posts” means.

Whatever your opinions about Louis’ decision, there is sure a lot of courage there to give up what he is giving up and getting legal action threatened in return. Keep truth-telling, Louis.

Update 1: Audio can be found here.

Update 2: Brian beats around the bush to Think Progress:

BROWN: Well, you know, people can choose what position they want on marriage. The bus driver on our tour evidently decided that he would like to redefine marriage. This is a free country and we’re going to continue. [He] has very little effect on us. We’re going to continue standing up for marriage. He was never an employee of NOM and you know we’re united in doing what’s necessary to make sure marriage is protected throughout the country.

Of course, this contrasts with their earlier statement (bolding mine):

“Louis Marinelli worked in a volunteer capacity as a bus driver during our summer marriage tour. Around this time, NOM began to pay him as a part-time consultant for helping us expand our internet reach. He has since chosen a different focus. We wish him well.”

There is of course a distinction between “employee” and “part-time consultant”, but Brian’s trying to get past the fact that NOM valued his work so much they paid Louis, and ends up falling on this face.

Entry filed under: NOM Exposed.

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26 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Lesbians Love Boies  |  April 18, 2011 at 7:18 am

    Brian Brown is a coward. We have always known that Brian Brown and Maggie Gallagher’s jobs are threatened by the truth…now it is finally becoming transparent.

    Yes, Louis, keep telling the truth.

  • 2. Ben  |  April 18, 2011 at 7:21 am

    I can only suppose that Mr. Brown would try to take some sort of slander or libel action, and the best defense against those is simply proving the truth of what you’ve said. I’d personally LOVE to see that brought out in open court.

    • 3. Gregory in Salt Lake City  |  April 18, 2011 at 7:24 am

      !! subs

  • 4. Ronnie  |  April 18, 2011 at 7:22 am

    Maybe I should check my email for new blog posts before I post, yeah?

    Anywho, like I said in the previous post….

    NOM (the National Organization for Machiavellians) & Brainless Brian Brown Suit are threatening to violate Louis’ freedom of speech……But…But…Brian, you said “We wish him well”…. I guess that was a lie….. (rolls eyes) 8 / …Ronnie

  • 5. Reformed Conservative  |  April 18, 2011 at 7:23 am


  • 6. Kathleen  |  April 18, 2011 at 7:26 am

    • 7. Straight for Equality  |  April 18, 2011 at 8:41 am

      • 8. Ann S.  |  April 18, 2011 at 9:23 am


        • 9. LCH  |  April 18, 2011 at 12:59 pm


  • 10. Sagesse  |  April 18, 2011 at 7:32 am

    The plot thickens. NOM has always bragged that they have very good lawyers. and the money to spend on them. They’ve used it to good effect as a delaying tactic. I would not want to be an individual going up against their bottomless donation pool.

  • 11. Kate  |  April 18, 2011 at 7:33 am

    Hey Louis, let’s get Olson and Boies to take your case if this happens!!!!!!!!!!

    • 12. Gregory in Salt Lake City  |  April 18, 2011 at 7:36 am


  • 13. Steve  |  April 18, 2011 at 8:34 am

    I thought he was only the bus driver…

  • 14. Alyson  |  April 18, 2011 at 8:40 am

    Didn’t Brian and Maggie say he never really worked for them but just drove the bus before? Now they are threatening legal action on their ‘unaffiliated bus driver?’ hmmmm. Eat cake much?

    • 15. Kate  |  April 18, 2011 at 9:12 am

      And a “volunteer”, at that!

  • 16. Alan E.  |  April 18, 2011 at 9:03 am

    For what? Confidentiality? Also, good luck serving him IN RUSSIA!

    • 17. Phil L  |  April 18, 2011 at 10:49 am

      HA! I forgot all about that!

  • 18. Bob  |  April 18, 2011 at 11:00 am

    maybe we could send the trial recordings over there too, he could keep them safe, off shore!!!!!!

  • […] on the other side of the divide who fervently oppose equality, professional relationships, and now being threatened with legal action, all while living away from his home country and teaching English as a foreign language to make […]

  • 20. AnonyGrl  |  April 18, 2011 at 11:03 am

    My personal opinion is that he really hasn’t said anything actionable. NOM Exposed has said MUCH worse, as have WE HERE! SPLC has come down harder on NOM than Louis has…

    I think Brian is running VERY scared. Louis knows things about NOM that Brian obviously wants to squash before Louis gets around to saying them out loud. Bad move Brian, people who feel threatened tend to yell LOUDER than people who are merely disgruntled.

    Louis, if you need to get information out, and you have proof, but feel concerned about personal attacks, may I suggest you pass the proof on to the Courage Campaign? I am sure there are people here who can check your proofs to verify them, and then do all SORTS of interesting things with them. The trick to all of this is, of course, proof not hearsay, but if you’ve got it, I am sure we will publicize it!

    Whatever you do, Louis, don’t publish lies… those ARE actionable… but if you have information that can be verified, please do continue to share, and thank you VERY much.

  • 21. NetAmigo  |  April 18, 2011 at 11:10 am

    NOM like the right-wing churches for which they front is a bully. They constantly harass and intimidate the gay and lesbian community because they perceive this community not to follow their religious beliefs. Basically, one has to stand up to such fanatics and keep showing them for what they are.

  • 22. Rhie  |  April 18, 2011 at 11:11 am


  • 23. Carpool Cookie  |  April 18, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    What I think is really sad and telling is that in one of Louis’s initial statements somewhere concerning all this, he said he considers Brian Brown to be a friend.

    Then in his recent interviews, Buster Brown says Louis is NOT his friend.

    Always nice to know who your (fair weather) friends are!

    Mr. Brown is handling this whole thing very very bady.

  • 24. fiona64  |  April 18, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    I love how Louis has suddenly been demoted from being the tour’s architect and engineer (which we all know to be true), to being “the bus driver on our tour.”

    The only way to tell whether Brian Brown is lying is to see whether or not his lips are moving when he speaks.


  • 25. "Van" van der Voort  |  April 18, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    Louis should tell Brian Brown to put a sock in it.

  • 26. tomato  |  April 19, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    Hi, Louis!

    Hang in there! We’ve been facing Brian Brown for a long time, and we’ll face him with you!


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