American anti-same-sex marriage group, the National Organisation for Marriage (NOM) suffered a blow last week when its Facebook page was deleted by its own administrator, causing the group to lose 300,000 fans in a second.

NOM staffer Louis Marinelli (pictured) later blogged that he had come to realise he was wrong, had deleted the page, and then submitted his resignation.

“Having spent the last five years putting all of my political will, interest and energy into fighting against the spread of same-sex marriage as if it were a contagious disease, I must admit that it is hard for me to put the following text into words, let alone utter them with my own voice,” Marinelli wrote.

“Whether it is an issue of disbelief, shame or embarrassment, the one thing that is for sure is that I have come to this point after several months of an internal conflict with myself. That conflict gradually tore away at me until recently when I was able to, for the first time, simply admit to myself that I do in fact support civil marriage equality.

“I soon realised 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.”

At the time of writing, fewer than 700 people had rejoined NOM’s new page.

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