Luis Tellez is a “numerary” in the sect of Opus Dei. According to spitfirelist.com, numeraries are “considered the most conservative of the sect’s members – they are unmarried, celibate, devote every aspect of their lives to their spiritual beliefs and turn over their salaries from their secular jobs to Opus Dei.”
According to the Daily Princetonian, Luis Tellez lives at the Mercer House on Princeton’s campus, which is “the hub for Opus Dei activities in the area.” The paper also reports that from 2000-2005, “the organizations affiliated with Tellez and Opus Dei have contributed more than $300,000 to university professors and programs…” with the bulk of the money going to the James Madison Program. The James Madison Program was founded by the chairman emeritus of NOM’s board, Robert George, and Tellez sits on its advisory council.
Luis Tellez is president of the Witherspoon Institute, also located in Princeton, which supports research and “the formation of the next generation of scholars” who oppose same-sex marriage and champion other conservative issues. In fact, a paper by the Institute entitled “Marriage and the Public Good: Ten Principles” was used by Senator Sam Brownback in pushing the Marriage Protection Amendment on the Senate floor in 2006.