The internet is aflame with the news that the social media director for the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), Louis Marinelli, switched sides this week, coming out in support of gay marriage. When Marinelli defected, he shut down NOM's Facebook page, essentially deleting its 290,000 fans.

Read the whole story over at Towleroad, but the gist is that Marinelli had so many conversations about gay marriage on NOM's tours across the country that he eventually changed his mind on the topic.

Basic Rights Oregon points out that the conversion through conversation is exactly what their campaign to get gay marriage passed in Oregon is all about. From their blog: "We know that conversations matter. By talking to friends and family about the freedom to marry, we change hearts and minds."