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.


Filed under: Same-sex marriage
soundoff (358 Responses)
  1. sandra

    Good for her.....she has an opinion and it's not what she's supposed to say. I am tired of ppl only being allowed to give the Hollywood answer.

    April 29, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  2. Educated. Patriot. Democrat.

    this is incredibly good news. the more vapid palin-esque people the wingnuts find for their stumps, the more people will be repulsed by their party. maybe miss south carolina next, telling gay people to go to south africa and the iraq.

    April 29, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  3. michaelam

    The same ding-dong that refers to California as a "country" as opposed to a state.

    April 29, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  4. lynnb

    Good for you, Miss California. Decent people will have a lot more respect for your standing up for your beliefs, than in acquiring a crown.

    April 29, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  5. Alex

    hahaha just keep excluding people, and I guarantee you republicans will keep losing. The rest of America and the world is loving it.

    April 29, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  6. Roman

    Miss USA pageant is so meaningless. The judges have no backbones or morals.
    A person is truly beautiful if she has true morals.
    Miss California is the only true beauty if she is the only moral person there.
    Think about it. Two same sex persons having sex...rubbiing the wrong parts against each other...sticking the wrong part in the wrong place.
    Never designed to have children naturally.
    Same Sex marriage is illogical just based on the physical parts.
    If you disagree to this point, you are either greatly disillusioned or stupid,

    April 29, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  7. cas reader

    I do not condemn those homosexuals who are what they are because of genetic distortions in their brain. There are homosexuals however who have chosen this evil path out of lifestyle choice. These latter group are big sinners and will burn in hell.

    April 29, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  8. New Day

    Miss California, Rush Limbaugh and Joe the Plumber. The GOP attracts all the "good ones" huh? hehehehe :D Isn't it funny how California is a state of heathens and sinners but, when someone in the state agrees with their views, they are a-ok!

    April 29, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  9. Bryan

    Just what are the consequences of gay marriage? It amazes me how some people in this country get up in arms to "defend" marraige. "Marriage between a man and a woman is sacred". In fact, its so sacred that millions of Americans tune in to watch shows like "The Bachelor" where the "sacred" act of marriage is degraded to a popularity contest. Hand picked, shallow, potential brides to be compete for the affections of a man they don't even know. Its obvious that its more about being on TV for these women than true love. The bachelor then chooses a spouse in the same fashion he'd use at a buffet; by sampling all the dishes before settling on the meatloaf. Then America goes "Aaaaaaw. That's so sweet!". Is it? How sacred can marriage be in America when the divorce rate is probably around 70 or 80 percent? People get married for the wrong reasons or give up too soon when the marriage gets tough. Get real people. My marriage to my wife has nothing to do with the rest of the country and neither does a marriage between two people of the same sex. Quit being judgemental and focus your energy into battling REAL issues.

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

    Please, Stop referring to this as Gay Marriage, There is no such thing! The term refers to the union of a man and a woman, Period. Gays and Lez. need their own term. Like Pairiage. It's like someone calling mud "water". It;s not! It's not marriage if it's same sex. It's something new. They want to pair up fine, call it Pairiage, but not marriage, sorry that's taken already..They need to come up with their own....

    April 29, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  11. This is great!!!

    This is wonderful news...You go Miss California! Just don't let this group go about it by turning off the people who are middle of the road....Kind of like the Republican party!

    April 29, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  12. james

    this is ridiculous! Standing up for "opposite marriage"? what a crock. this shows how desperate the right wing militia is to spin any publicity their way.

    April 29, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  13. Mike Maz

    What were those big consequences of Gay marriage that I keep hearing about lol I havent seen any yet in the states that have okd gay marriage. Will someone on teh anti gay marriage side please give me a coherent response to what they think will happen if gay marriage is allowed. The wrath of God argument is not coherent lol

    April 29, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  14. David Highlender

    Good for her! I love the fact that she continues to stand up for what she believes knowing her opponents will be vocal about it.

    I have a lot of respect for people who do not comprimise their integrity for the squeeky wheel.

    Have you see the ad for gay marriage and how every has duct tape over their mouths? The irony is they want people who dont agree with them to be quiet, no one is trying to quiet them.

    April 29, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  15. xenia

    I agree with Miss USA. Marriage is for couples made up of a man and a woman. Where would we be if same sex couples became the norm. No future for the human race.

    April 29, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  16. Wayne

    One does have to ask, Doesn't that Bible that Miss Prejean is so fond of, say something about not bearing false witness? And speaking of bearing false witness, what do you think Jesus would say about those huge FAKE BREASTS of hers? God did NOT make her that way. False Witness (that's one of the big 10).

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

    "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."

    Nothing for nothing, I don't think she did it for any other reason than she spoke her mind. I don't really think she thought she was risking anything. I do think that the gay community is rather quick to pull the sexual preference card awful quick. As an individual, I don't have to believe what you believe, nor should I be treated like dirt because I don't.

    April 29, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  18. Neil

    A BIGOT is a person who is intolerant of or takes offense to the opinions, lifestyles or identities differing from his or her own.

    Call it what you want it is still bigotry. Time will show the hatred encouraged by "religion" is despicable. It is inevitable that as we progress as a society the walls will come down and equal rights will prevail. Stop hiding behind your church and admit that you are a bigot. Everyone has a right to pursue happiness. Like the racial bigotry of our past, there will come a time when we will look back and feel shame for our actions.

    Stop claiming that you are protecting marriage. We currently take marriage for granted. Just look at the divorce rate. When half of the current marriages end in divorce now, how can you say you are protecting it when it isn't even taken seriously by straight couples?

    April 29, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  19. PULEEEZZZ!! lets tell some truth

    One more air head republican trying to self promote with issues that really dont concern her. She was born straight and stands in judgement over others who are different. That is such classic conservatism and classic republican.. The repubes will do anything to promote their self-rightious causes..Lets keep religion out of our gouvernment PULEEEZZZZ! How much did they pay her for this?

    April 29, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  20. Brandon

    If you don't like same sex marriage, then don't have one...but the fact that a PERSONAL issue is allowed to take headlines and even determine how some people vote in a national election shows the stupidity and ignorance of many Americans in this country.

    April 29, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  21. JBA

    Ominous empty threats is more like it. I saw that first NOM commercial and was confused as to what the message actually was. Those actors told the audience they were afraid, but "why" and "of what" weren't part of the discussion.

    So what is everyone so afraid of when it comes to gay marriage? Anyone? What are these alleged terrible consequences? Please, I'd like to know. Or is this the exact same situation from decades past when interracial marriage was illegal? No one had any good reasons for that either, except ignorance, fear, and hate. I suspect that it is the same.

    So come on, Miss CA. Really. You weren't terribly eloquent during the pageant. Will it be easier once someone else's words are in your mouth?

    April 29, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  22. MESA MICK

    Prejean and NOM are religious-based bigots pure and simple.

    And what the h*%l is this "opposite marriage" stuff? Just like these fear mongering evangelical freaks to get a fantastic-plastic beauty pagent ditz as a spokes person...

    By the way, how does gay marriage have any consequences except for those gays getting married? Love to hear that logic – something besides religious-based bias if that's possible...

    April 29, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  23. BJ

    Good for her. I guess Perez Hilton considers speech "free" as long as you agree with his position. I'm fine with people having the choice to partner with anyone they wish but for the government to sanction it as the "norm" represents a departure from the majority of widely accepted societal, biological and religious views.

    April 29, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  24. jane in wi

    I hope someday she has children and one comes out as a gay. I wonder will her opinion change then?

    April 29, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  25. Oscar

    Hey Carrie, keep you values where they belong, in your own life.

    April 29, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
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