April 29th, 2009
05:59 PM ET
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Miss California to star in TV ad from conservative group

The group's last ad, 'A Gathering Storm,' came out earlier this month.
The group's last ad, 'A Gathering Storm,' came out earlier this month.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Carrie Prejean, the Miss USA contestant from California who famously declared her opposition to same sex marriage on the pageant stage, will star in a new $1.5 million ad campaign funded by the National Organization for Marriage.

Prejean was roasted by same-sex marriage advocates after she stood up for what she called "opposite marriage" (marriage between a man and a woman) when responding to a question from celebrity blogger Perez Hilton during the pageant. But she's also become a fresh-faced standard-bearer for the same-sex marriage opponents, who have rallied to her defense.

The National Organziation for Marriage has scheduled a press conference with Prejean in Washington on Thursday to unveil the new ad, called "No Offense."

"She is attacked viciously for having the courage to speak up for her truth and her values," the group said in a press release. "But Carrie's courage inspired a whole nation and a whole generation of young people because she chose to risk the Miss USA crown rather than be silent about her deepest moral values."

According to the group, the ad will call "gay marriage advocates to account for their unwillingness to debate the real issue: gay marriage has consequences."

The Miss California TV ad is the group's second. Their first, called "A Gathering Storm," ran in several states earlier and featured actors issuing ominous warnings about the threats posed by same-sex marriage.


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soundoff (358 Responses)
  1. Tyler

    So, who really cares what this woman thinks? It's actually quite fitting of the National Organization for Marriage to use somebody with NO credentials AT ALL to speak out on their behalf.

    It must be nice to make money for simply openly agreeing with a majority opinion that oppresses people who are different from you. What would Jesus do? Certainly not make money off of the struggle and pain of tens of millions of people in the USA alone. She, along with the NOM, is a total, morally corrupt hypocrite.

    April 29, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  2. aime

    It's interesting that her values have the leeway for her to receive brest implants bought and paid for by the Miss USA program...just a thought

    April 29, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  3. Marcy

    Is Anita Bryant back?
    Prejean is either ignorant, brainwashed by some sort of religious cult, a bigot, or just looking to advance her 'celebrity' with no regard for human feeling and dignity. I say its a bit of all of the above. May her '15 mins of fame' be gone soon and may she FAIL big. Judge Hilton was right: "Dumb B****"

    April 29, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  4. Gerda Edwards

    "roasted"???? Sounds like a comedy routine.

    Try vilified, belittled, denigrated, scorned,... Agree or not with her opinion, it's dishonest to minimize the hate that was directed towards her by those with opposing views.

    April 29, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  5. Laughing

    Wait till Stephen Colbert gets wind of this. He's already ripped apart NOM, and now he has an extra idiot to attack.

    April 29, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  6. Katherine Head

    You know what the real "Gathering Storm" in this country is? Intolerance and hatred. And the consequences of such behavior were manifested in the Holocaust. Remember, dear Christians, Judge not lest ye be judged.

    April 29, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  7. Kim, Boston

    Indivdual opinion is Carrie's right, but opinions are not what this Country's law is based on. The Constitution and Bill of Rights say we are all equal, therefore we should all be able to participate in life equally.

    April 29, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  8. phelicity

    Is she still Miss California? If so, I would be pissed if I lived in her state and, while she was representing me, she made money on her bigoted position against gay marriage. I also wonder if she ever saw the groups first ad, A Gathering Storm. If so, she would know that the chances of their second ad becoming a laughingstock are pretty high.

    April 29, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  9. Jim

    I don't care what her opinion is, I care that she lied

    Miss California, Carrie Prejean, said "We live in a land where you can choose same-sex marriage or opposite. And you know what, I think in my country, in my family, I think that I believe that a marriage should be between a man and a woman. No offense to anybody out there, but that's how I was raised."

    NO YOU CAN'T YOU BLOND BIMBO

    April 29, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  10. Resh

    She stood up for her values in the same way that Trent Lott stood up for segregation. I hope we keep these such ads for posterity so none of this you-have-to-understand-our-movement-in-context bs can be fed to subsequent generations. You know that when your cause is spearheaded by a tongue-tied, vacant-eyed bikini-clad dolt extolling the virtues of "opposite marriage", that your cause is a winner. I eagerly await Colbert's parody.

    April 29, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  11. JD from Moraga, CA

    Thanks, Malibu Barbie, for your opinion. Now smile, wave, and go away.

    April 29, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  12. Michael Castaneda

    And just WHAT exactly are those "real threats and consequences"? i'm still trying to figure that one out.

    April 29, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  13. Mr. Magoo

    What exactly are the consequences to a same-sex marriage?

    April 29, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  14. Steve A. , New Braunfels , Texas

    Lady, you are number one people , top of the line, with me. Go for it. You have nothing to loose and all to gain. At some point humanity has got to "draw a line in the sand" on right and wrong. I admire you!!!

    April 29, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  15. AFSCME Gay for Obama!

    If same sex marriage is a threat to your marriage-–your marriage is in trouble!

    April 29, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  16. Robert

    Good for her standing up for what she believes is right and not spouting off what other people think she should have said.

    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

    April 29, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    "gay marriage has consequences"
    "threats posed by same-sex marriage."

    what exactly are they? what bad things could come from this? since when is equality evil?
    The only reason I have heard is that it will push values on people that dont believe in gay marriage. However, isnt banning gay marriage doing the exact same thing.

    April 29, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  18. Stephanie

    "National Organization for Marriage"

    "NOM NOM NOM"

    Haha, sorry, I can't seem to take this "news" seriously.

    April 29, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  19. Gracie Joe

    The question she was given was very unfair anyways. How can you choose a 'beauty queen' by asking for an opinion? I think it was rigged-NC's sister is dating Chad Michael Murray... Coincidence??? I think not... I was really happy for NC until I found that out. What a disappointment...

    April 29, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  20. WhoCares?

    Only a matter of time.

    Joe the Plumber Ver. 2.0.

    I hope she understands she is being used before she gets too far in.

    April 29, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  21. Dean

    gay marriage has consequences? Maybe Miss California can tell us what they are.

    April 29, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  22. JD

    I assume by "consequences" they're referring to two more people in a committed relationship recognized by society. god-forbid!

    April 29, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  23. Cowboy in West Texas

    I like that she stood for what she believed, whether you agree or not – more of us Americans need to do that. Sometimes we are just sheep being led down a path and not sure where it is going. We need to compromise and find solutions to our differences – but don't sell the farm in doing so.

    April 29, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  24. Kelly Jo

    "[G]ay marriage has consequences"... yes, I suppose so; like keeping the government out of religion (who's to tell a church who they can and can't marry?). Keeping the government out of religion seems like a winner to me (as is the converse).

    However, if there are people who feel that gay marriage rights as granted by the state would interfere in their worship practises, howzabout starting with some taxes on church properties? Don't like that, eh? What factual part of "gay marriage" scares you the most?

    April 29, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  25. Steve, Chelsea, MI

    "The Miss California TV ad is the group's second. Their first, called "A Gathering Storm," ran in several states earlier and featured actors issuing ominous warnings about the threats posed by same-sex marriage."

    Just what is the threat of same-sex marriage? You want sanctity of marriage? Outlaw divorce. Make infidelity a felony. I dunno, they've got good ideas over there in the middle east on marriage, right? I bet their divorce rates are really low.

    So, when the winner of Miss USA wants to use her crown for good, the LOSER uses her status for spreading hate and fear? Nice.

    April 29, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
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