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. Chicago independent age 25

    Wow she's an idiot, she lives in california, one of the largest gay haven states and she's anti gay marriage. does she realize she will never be voted for in a cali again. Most men in those contests that vote are usually gay.

    April 29, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  2. Chi Town

    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)

    well... maybe under the new hate crimes act she can sue the advocates... or have them jailed... since being roasted was hate based!

    These new laws should be fun

    April 29, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  3. Joe

    consequences? threats?? like, what? their right to hate will be taken away?

    April 29, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  4. David

    The real issue is that Maggie and Peter of NOM want to lead the country to illegally discriminate against a minority group and have been very successful at their campaign.

    April 29, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  5. The Other Michael in Houston

    Great, another stupid bimbo saying a bunch of crap that we dont care about. Keep your homophobic comments to yourself

    April 29, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  6. rand

    Give me a break. What about her is REAL???? I'm banking on the fact that her teeth have been altered, her tan is fake, her hair color fake, and probably her breasts. But, she is a pinnacle for principles. GAG

    April 29, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  7. Pete

    I'm sorry that this little twerp is actually proud that she's a bigot.

    April 29, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  8. Steven NY

    Great! Conservatives have added another bimbo to their vocal collection. Next thing they will ask her to be their VP in 2012.

    April 29, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  9. Get A Grip!

    How desparate can the GOP get? How about staying out of the bedrooms and overseeing the boardrooms via checks and balances?

    April 29, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  10. Garry

    Oh goodness, it is one thing to stand up for your rights and beliefs, it is another entirely to stand up for discrimination and bigotry.
    I wonder how this will go over and if the officials of the Miss California Pageant will have the b56ls to FIRE her.

    April 29, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  11. Cleaning up after W

    Can't wait to see the new ad. Their first one was hilarious! What......you say it was supposed to be serious? Oops.

    April 29, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  12. ron

    didn't anyone warn her that the gop will try to use her for there propaganda ads. Who the hell is her publicist?

    April 29, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  13. Brandon

    It certainly does take courage to stand up and be divisionist and discriminatory...on national tv no less. While I agree that she's free to have her views, to me, to say that marriage is for only a man and a woman is borderline racist. She could have had some tact, and have been inclusive while being exclusive - but that would be too much work.

    April 29, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  14. Adam

    Good for her! Those who support quashing the first amendment so they can live their gay lifestyles are the real bigots.

    April 29, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  15. Doug from CA

    OK, your fifteen minutes are up!

    April 29, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  16. SLM

    Everyone is entitled to their opinion. Too bad the same sex advocates have to get so vile when someone doesn't share their opinion. I personally don't care who wants to marry whom, but am really turned off by the way they handle a difference of opinion.

    April 29, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  17. Jokie X Wilson

    I'm sorry– I'm supposed to take a Miss America runner-up seriously? It's not like she won the competition. Maybe she should be a spokesperson for divorce.

    April 29, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  18. Nick

    I seriously doubt that when Ms. Prejean gave her answer that she thought she lost the crown , she is a bigot and closed minded , she gave the answer that she thought would win her the tittle . She is the next Anita Bryant , history will repeat itself , I suggest that Ms. Prejean study up on the life of Ms. Braynts Tyranical campaign to keep equal/civil right from the gay community and stop hiding behind her religion

    April 29, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  19. Elariia

    I applaud Ms. Prejean for standing up for what she believes. This is a free country, and BOTH sides of the same-sex marriage issue should be able to air their views.

    April 29, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  20. Steve

    Good for her. Although I do not agree with her, but I applaud her courage to stand up for her belief.

    April 29, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  21. Patricia

    The question should have never been asked at the pageant unless they really, really wanted her to give her honest opinion--after all, as I recall it was asking what she thought of same sex marriage.

    As I see it, there is no freedom on speech in this country any longer, unless you agree with all the radicals and loonies. You can't practice your religion in public any longer, you can't even have a Bible on you and it be seen, and now you have to agree with Homosexuality, even if you don't. Our forefathers would not even recognize this country now.

    April 29, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  22. Dale Sherman

    "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."

    Would this be similar to how gays are attacked physically for refusing to be silent about their deepest moral values?

    Or is risking life less important than risking some hokey title bestowed on questionable, what some call beauty?

    Where is her courage? Where is herinspiration? Where is her so-called beauty when willingly being apart of such ugliness?

    April 29, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  23. Nate

    Good for her. I'm happy to say that free speech is still alive and well today (though strained). I have no problem with gays having the same rights as all other Americans. However, I don't believe the government should take a religious institution like marriage and turn it into a government defined, government run institution.

    April 29, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  24. Cdog

    "gay marriage advocates to account for their unwillingness to debate the real issue: gay marriage has consequences."

    Ummm, don't all marriage have consequences? For that matter, all human relationships have consequences. For that matter, all relationships in the most general context have consequences.

    I has been my experience that there are many "conventional" marriages that are horrendous, that cause grave harm to the individuals, their relatives, and society in general. And that their are many gay marriages, that are fundamentally sound, helping society in general.

    The problem is the religious connotations of the word marriage. Personally, I feel that those advocating gay marriage, which I am for, need to let go of a word. In doing so, they will bring about equality much quicker than trying to fight religion.

    April 29, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  25. Pam

    Don't we have more important things to do than to worry over who is marrying who?

    Its called priorities people, get some.

    April 29, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
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