April 29th, 2009
05:59 PM ET
6 years ago

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. chris

    It wasn't "opposite marriage" that she stood up for, it was traditional marriage. A little proofreading can go a long way.....

    April 29, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  2. Texas Annie *-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*

    Well let's see– the GOP/right wing now has an alternative to Sarah Palin. And this girl appears to be smarter and more articulate... and she's definitely better looking. But hello GOP/right wing– have you vetted the lady?? You just never know what kind of skeletons you might find in a person's closet (cough, cough, Sarah Palin). I hope Ms. Prejean is ready to be vetted by the press, because you can't step up and try to be a big shot in the media and not expect a little digging into your past.

    And isn't it just a bit pathetic that the best these ultra conservative groups can come up with are people who suddenly become "famous" for some single remark in a 15 second sound bite (Joe the Plumber & now Ms Prejean) rather that someone who actually has a resume with some experience & qualifications???

    April 29, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  3. Michael in Ventura,CA

    "If my marriage is a threat to your marriage-perhaps you need to concentrate on YOUR marriage".
    EQUAL RIGHTS FOR ALL!

    April 29, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  4. I didn't feel like this before

    but now I'm glad she is not representing the U.S.

    April 29, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  5. Amy

    Sure, there will be consequences. Positive ones. What's the problem?

    April 29, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  6. wally

    This woman "knows" that sex between a man and woman cannot be better. Gays are jealous of the satisfaction she receives.

    April 29, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  7. George

    The Communist are speaking!!!!!!! Hail EL RUSHBO!!!!!

    April 29, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  8. Scotty Patrick

    Oh wonderful, we are now paying people to be hatemongers. So what are the differences between Miss California, a hatemonger and a terrorist? NONE! They all discriminate because someone is different from them!

    April 29, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  9. johnrj08

    Ms. Prejean is entitled to her opinion about this or any other issue, and she shouldn't be attacked to for stating it honestly. Clearly, there are decent people on both sides of the gay marriage issue, as there are on the issue of abortion. If you're the old-fashioned type and hold a narrow, traditional definition of the institution of marriage, it's pretty clear where you stand. Those on the other side of the issue– on the wrong end of the legal issue– see it as yet another attempt to marginalize them as people and relegate them to second class citizens. What's missing from this equation is sensibility and fairness. Legalizing same-sex marriage will not force Ms. Prejean to change her views on the issue. She can live out her life exactly as she sees fit. However, her point of view impacts others who feel equally entitled to the same personal happiness. Ms. Prejean doesn't seem to realize or care that her stand on this issue would compel people who don't feel the same way to live by her personal rules, despite their heavy emotional impact on them. This makes her appear unsympathetic, dogmatic and incredibly selfish. (Notice I left out the word bigoted).

    April 29, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  10. phoenix86

    Given the response of gay groups to Miss. CA, I think you could classify Gay and Lesbian groups as hate organizations. They are certainly much less tolerant than those they decry as being intolerant.

    April 29, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  11. Kenan

    Intolerance is not a moral value.

    April 29, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  12. John M in CA

    If you don't believe in gay marriage, don't marry someone who's gay. Problem solved. Next question.

    April 29, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  13. Dave

    I don't really see what the big deal was about what she said. I disagree with her stance, but she was asked a question and she answered it, and it's not all that controversial a stance. I think it's ignorant, but plenty of people have the same ignorant opinion. And the judge's later temper-tantrum about it was shameful and embarrassing, and he didn't do himself any good with that.

    I'm not sorry she's not Miss USA, though, because I've since seen interviews with her, and she's not very bright. On CNN the other night she started EVERY sentence she said with "You know what..." You can check it on YouTube if you doubt it. I kept thinking "Surely she won't say it again..." but she did. She was also self-absorbed: "You know what, we really need to focus on me..." I don't think she's all that pretty, either... she's got big clown teeth that HAVE to be fake.

    April 29, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  14. SlowGun

    In this new comercial will she provide just one single reason that will pass constitutional review as to why gay couples shouldn't be allowed to get married?...maybe just one?

    "She is attacked viciously for having the courage to speak up for her truth and her values,"

    really...you know that is all the KKK and the skin heads say they are doing...standing up for their truths and values. Odd that in 2009 people are still getting treated in such a way under the guidelines of values.

    Funny that this is running on the ticker the same day as the story about the hate crimes bill.

    They call themselves The National Organziation for Marriage. Yet this is the only thing they are doing. Trying to stoop gay marriage. If they really were an organization for marriage, wouldn't they be doing something to keep marriages together, decrease the number of divorces and single parent families? I've called and asked them able this. This is their only cause. To stop gay marriage...why, because they simple don't like it.

    April 29, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  15. Phyllis

    I am so very proud of Miss California.Way to go Girl! You are courageous & stedfast. You may have lost a crown on earth but certainly not in heaven! I am so sorry you were set up with a loaded question like that.Perhaps they will screen all questions from now on to not allow such questions to be asked.I am thankful your parents taught you right from wrong and you did not turn from your beliefs when the time came! I wish you the best this life has to offer!

    April 29, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  16. Rick W

    First of all, she's from California.
    Next, she's blonde.
    And last she say's, in her country, which is where,
    I didn't know California was a country.
    If all these bozo's read the bible they wouldn't be
    judgeing other's.

    April 29, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  17. drp70

    haven't people realized yet that gays are here to stay and this issue isn't going anywhere either? kinda reminds me of the salem witch trials. get off of your soap boxes – jeez – in the end we will get what we want.

    April 29, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    How very refreshing to see that someone is standing up for moral values in this current day of "do whatever feels good ".

    April 29, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  19. JRauz

    It's nice to see someone with a backbone. Which is more than I can say about the White House.

    April 29, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  20. jim - chicago, illinois

    This article states, "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.""
    ~~~
    Why is it that these groups that are the supposed defenders or heterosexual marriage can never state what the "consequences" are? What are they? I've heard for years about these consequences but I've never heard what they might be.

    April 29, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  21. Tina

    "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."

    And what are those consequences? I don't get it, and the mere fact that this group states that there are consequences to same-sex marriage is the exact reason that those of us who support same-sex marriage choose not to debate the "subject" with them. The REAL issue is equal rights. Why are they unwilling to debate that?

    April 29, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  22. Jennifer

    How is it, that blatantly admitting you have a bias is courageous? Are they kidding? She "inspired" only those who already have closed minds. I am a teacher of high schoolers and we've discussed this at great length. Their unanimous concensus is disappointment and sadness for what is clearly ingorance and intolerance. I am so proud of them!

    April 29, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  23. ZenInBlack

    Ok, Miss California, let's debate the real issue. Beauty queens are bred to be monolithic morons.

    April 29, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  24. John

    My heart bleeds for Prejean and all the downtrodden, oppressed conservatives in the US.

    They're victims and they deserve our sympathy.

    April 29, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  25. Patrick

    Attention NOM, what consequences? Seriously, please show us empirically what consequences marriage equality will have besides the expansion of civil rights. You have years of data to draw from in Mass, and will soon have much more data to draw from in many other states.

    But you don't want to talk about empirical reality, do you? Because that is an argument you cannot win, just as all opponents of equality and civil rights before you.

    You are the slave owners, women's vote opponents, and ERA dissenters of our generation. You are on the wrong side of history just as these racists and misogynists before you. And you deserve the harsh judgement that is forthcoming.

    You have already lost, get out of the way.

    April 29, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
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