.- The National Organization for Marriage on Thursday launched a new advertisement highlighting the efforts of some gay âmarriageâ advocates to characterize defenders of marriage as liars and bigots. The ad warns of the âdevastating consequencesâ the establishment of same-sex âmarriageâ would have on religious liberty and claims proponents want to âsilence opposition.â
The ad, titled âNo Offense,â also refers to attacks on beauty pageant contestant Carrie Prejean, Miss California, after she expressed her support for marriage between a man and a woman.
Asked a question about same-sex âmarriageâ by Miss USA pageant judge Perez Hilton, an openly homosexual gossip blogger, Prejean replied:
âI believe that a marriage should be between a man and a woman. No offense to anyone out there, but that's how I was raised and that's how I think it should be.â
The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) ad reproduces that reply, as well as Hiltonâs YouTube video calling Prejean a âdumb b----.â
The NOM ad also says the organization was attacked as âliars and bigotsâ for âexpressing concern about how same-sex marriage would impact religious groups.â
It then excerpts an MSNBC Hardball appearance by Joe Solmonese of the homosexual activist group Human Rights Campaign.
Solmonese said âItâs no longer palatable in this country or okay to be an outright bigot. If you want to deny us these rights, you need to do it by lying and misrepresenting.â
The adâs narrator then says:
âGay marriage activists attack people for supporting marriage because they donât want to debate the consequences of same-sex marriage. They want to silence opposition.â
It then adds, âsome of the nationâs foremost legal scholarsâ warn that same-sex âmarriageâ can create âwidespread legal conflictsâ for individuals, small businesses and religious organizations.
The NOM web site presents a copy of a nine page April 20 letter to the Connecticut House of Representatives by law Profs. Thomas C. Berg, Carl H. Esbeck, Robin Fretwell Wilson and Richard W. Garnett.
The professorsâ letter, referring to the book âSame-sex Marriage and Religious Liberty: Emerging Conflicts,â said âlegal scholars on both sides of the same-sex marriage debate agreed that codifying same-sex marriage without providing robust religious accommodations will create widespread and unnecessary legal conflictâconflict that will work a âsea change in American lawâ and will âreverberate across the legal and religious landscape.ââ
The âNo Offenseâ ad is the second produced by NOMâs $1.5 million ad campaign.
âOur mission is to protect marriage and the faith communities that sustain it," the group's executive director Brian Brown said Tuesday. "We want to highlight the very real effects on our liberties and especially on religious organizations, businesses, and individuals."
According to CNN, Brown said that NOM is concerned that those who oppose same-sex âmarriageâ are being cast as bigots like those who opposed racial integration.
The ad is viewable at the NOM web site http://www.nationformarriage.org