It’s hard to admit you were wrong about something. It’s harder to admit you were wrong about it when you stuck your neck wa-a-a-a-a-ay out in favor of the wrong position. And it’s even harder than that when you were paid money to do it.
The elements of a good apology are 1) an acknowledgement of one’s own past error, 2) an acknowledgement of the harm caused to others by the error, 3) a resolution to do what is in the apologizer’s power to remediate that harm, 4) a commitment to not repeat the error, and 5) a request for reconciliation.
Louis J. Marinelli, formerly of the anti-marriage National Organization for Marriage, was wrong. He has reversed his position and now supports equal rights for same-sex couples to be married. And he apologizes.