A new National Organization for Marriage (NOM) anti-gay marriage ad which features the brouhaha between Miss California Carrie Prejean and celebrity blogger Perez Hilton offers a host of half-truths to promulgate its anti-gay marriage position.

Celebrity gossip blogger Perez Hilton, who is gay, attacked Prejean for answering during the Miss USA contest that she believed marriage “should be between a man and a woman.” In a video posted at his blog, PerezHilton.com, he called her a “dumb bitch.” And added that he would have snatched the pageant crown from her head if she would have won. He later apologized, asking Prejean out for “coffee and talk.”

The ad, ironically titled No Offense, also features an altercation on MSNBC's Hardball between Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese and NOM President Maggie Gallagher. Solmonese is quoted in the ad saying, “It's no longer palatable in this county or OK to be an outright bigot.”

The NOM ad then suggests, “They attack if you oppose gay marriage because they don't want to debate the consequences.” And claims those consequences would be “legal conflicts for individuals, small businesses and religious organizations.”

The ad points fingers at gay marriage advocates, calling them dishonest, but the real knaves are the folks at NOM.

Those legal scholars prominently featured in the ad – the ones that give weight to the notion that gay marriage would create “legal conflicts” – do not say gay marriage will lead to legal anarchy. Instead they argue in testimony submitted to lawmakers in Connecticut that legal gay marriage needs to include strong First Amendment protections, including protections for religious dissenters.

In fact, Douglas Laycock, the University of Michigan Law School professor whose letter is quoted in the ad, also writes in the same correspondence: “I support same-sex marriage.”

To spin the testimony of supporters into gay marriage objection is at best only half truthful and at worst an outright deception. No offense.