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. Bruce

    How cute that the religious right has a new hero. They certainly love their beauty queens, don't they. However, isn't there a bit of irony in Miss California stating her "deepest religious and moral beliefs" moments after strutting around in a bikini so brief that it would make even Arnold Scwarzenegger blush? She and the other contestants performed a dance routine that was more akin to stripping, wearing bikinis covered only by a sheer cloth acting as a miniskirt. Now, I'm no prude, and I like seeing women in bikinis as much as the next guy, but is that really ok with conservative Christians? Is this really the role model they want for their daughters. I guess anyone is suitable as long as they are against gay marriage, even women who advertise themselves like prime cuts of meat in front of a national audience.

    April 29, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  2. Lynn

    How does Pre gean know she would have won without her answer? Miss Carolina is a gorgeous young lady and all this whining takes away from her victory.

    Prejean rates right up there with the sore losers like Coleman!!

    April 29, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  3. Jim

    "Gay marriage has consequences?"

    What exactly, pray tell?

    I mean, aside from the barely comprehensible babblings of a beauty queen runner up?

    April 29, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  4. adel dakhlallah

    this lady stood up and spoke her deepest beliefs and values. She did the right thing. Gay marriage is sick and it is being supported by all the sickos. Wake up America, time to stand for what you believe in and what is right!

    April 29, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  5. Bubba Rubba

    I have never understood conservative's obsession with sex.
    Even given that, they should understand that the concept of morality and sin starts and stop with thier own thoughts and behavior.
    I fail to see how someone else's personal choices affect them, or why they should even have any justification to attack others.
    They are free to live life as they see fit, and should let others do the same.
    That is the true foundation of a free society.
    I do not know the nation or world they desire, but I doubt that most of us would choose to live there.....

    April 29, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  6. monkey

    Honestly, if all the right-wing nuts worried more about their own marriages and stayed out of other people's lives, we'd live in a far better society. Same-sex marriage is no threat to opposite-sex marriage. Let's focus on some real issues in this country.

    April 29, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  7. TD

    It's great that she had such an opportunity with the Miss USA pageant to broadcast her "deepest moral values," like her barely-clothed body enhanced by plastic surgery. WWJD?

    April 29, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  8. Laurie in Spokane

    Who actually cares what Miss California thinks for says? The majority of people in this country favor same sex legal unions, and why not? If two people can love and live together successfully, what is there to fault?

    April 29, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  9. Mike

    Um...what consequences? Bad parenting, single-parents, divorce, neglect, abuse or unchristian values? Oh yeah, those.

    Those consequences can happen, and do, in families with both a mother and father.

    If nothing else, conservatives should get back to their roots and let the states decide. Don't like so-called "activist-courts"? Then at least have the decency and humility to say "Vermont got it right."

    April 29, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  10. MJM

    It's about time people stated standing up for what they really believe in insead of just trying to be politically correct. I, for one, am very proud of her. I don't care how he asked the question and she did notreally answer the question I am still so proud of her for standing up for what is right.

    April 29, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  11. ronald

    "normal" marriage doesn't have consequences?

    April 29, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  12. Paul

    Does Ms. Prejean's "deepest moral values" include strutting on stage in front of camera's in a skimpy bikini? I'd love to hear Ms. Prejean explain the consequences that gay marriage has, and what affect it would have on her future marriage(s)

    April 29, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  13. PhantomNine

    You'd think they'd find a better way to spend their money (i.e feed the hungry)

    April 29, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  14. jennifer kimbro

    it's about time someone stood up for christian values. And why is same sex marriage being shoved down the throat of every american as correct when gays only make up a small population vote.

    April 29, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  15. Dieter Zerressen, Denver, CO

    Ha, ha. Add that ditz to the already long line of Republican ditzes like Palin and Bachmann, to push your agenda and see how far in the hole you can go. BTW, what are the "consequences" of gay marriage? Probably not as bad as Republican Senator Larry Craig's "wide stance". Ha, ha, you fools – you got nothing.

    April 29, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  16. Christine

    I applaud her for standing up for what she believes in. The Gay community must understand not everyone is or has to feel the way they do about same sex unions. As a Christian I too believe it is a man and a woman that makes a true marriage. I do not hate gays or wish them harm, but just because they choose to believe that what they do is ok does not mean we all have to believe it. You go Miss
    California!

    April 29, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  17. Don, NY

    She's an inarticulate moron. What kind of Christian judges others, dedicates their life to participating in pageants, and has fake breasts?

    April 29, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  18. Greg

    Good for her. She's my Miss USA.

    April 29, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  19. John

    I hope she will be denouncing all Adulterers as well ( people who have been divorced ) since the vows seem to say "till death do us part ". Or does that part of the vows not count for the organization she represents? And if asked during the contest, her view on divorce ( adultery) would she have labeled all divorced people adulterers? If she is being so honest in her beliefs....or would that have offended too many people. I wonder.....

    April 29, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  20. Alex

    I'm so glad that the National Organization for Marriage has found such a highly credible spokesperson widely respected for her intelligence and her ability to grasp complex social issues.

    April 29, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  21. Jack P

    So, let's see. She is thought to represent moral values – ""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."
    So, if her moral values are so great, how is she inspiring young people by objectifying women, and by getting implants because she wasn't good enough as is?

    April 29, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  22. kamadi

    So sad when bigotry gets masqueraded as Values....She,s entitled to her opinion ,...just make peace with the fact that she is a Bigot.

    April 29, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  23. Abby

    who didn't see that coming?

    April 29, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  24. NM Moderate

    I'm curious as to what the consequences to society this group wants to debate?

    April 29, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  25. Chris

    Hey! Let's make the beauty queen the Gov of Alaska and then she can sink another Presidential election!

    April 29, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
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