Stephen Colbert Out of the Conservative Closet?

After a parody of the National Organization for Marriage's "Gathering Storm" ad was featured on his show, a new theory emerged about cable satirist Stephen Colbert.

Could the Comedy Central star's bits really contain right-of-center messages, making him a genuine closet conservative?

NOM released a statement to the press in which the group's president, Maggie Gallagher, posited, "I've always thought Stephen Colbert was a double-agent, pretending to pretend to be a conservative, to pull one over on Hollywood. Now I'm sure."

Colbert's cable character, who is a loosely modeled caricature of Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly, began the segment by showing the original NOM video in its entirety.

The comic shared that he "loved" the footage because it was "like watching The 700 Club and The Weather Channel at the same time."

"Thank you Stephen for playing our ad in full on national television-for free. HRC eat your heart out. Plus we all had a great chuckle, too!" NOM Executive Director Brian Brown said.

Colbert pointed out that New York Governor David Paterson had introduced a bill to legalize gay marriage and cracked that he "thought Massachusetts would be a gay promised land, a 'Gaysreal' if you will, but then the same-sex chickens came home to gentrify their roost."

He also snapped that gay marriage shouldn't be allowed in New York because "it's hard enough as it is to get a wedding announcement in the Times."

James Hirsen is a N.Y. Times best selling author, commentator and news analyst

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