April 30th, 2009
02:09 PM ET
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Group's new ad features beauty queen, celebrity blogger

Carrie Prejean and Perez Hilton are prominently featured in a new ad from the National Organization for Marriage.
Carrie Prejean and Perez Hilton are prominently featured in a new ad from the National Organization for Marriage.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – The recent dust-up between a celebrity blogger and a California beauty queen is at the center of a new ad from a group that opposes same-sex marriage.

The new ad, titled "No Offense," spotlights the controversy that erupted during the Miss USA pageant earlier this month when Miss California Carrie Prejean said she did not believe in same-sex marriage in response to a question from blogger Perez Hilton, who is gay.

"Gay marriage activists attack people for supporting marriage because they don't want to debate the consequences of same-sex marriage," the ad says. "They want to silence opposition."

The spot is the second ad in a $1.5 million campaign recently launched by the National Organization for Marriage.

"Our mission is to protect marriage and the faith communities that sustain it," the group's executive director Brian Brown said Tuesday. "We want to highlight the very real effects on our liberties and especially on religious organizations, businesses, and individuals."

Brown also said Tuesday that the group is concerned that people of faith who oppose same-sex marriage are being cast as bigots in much the same that people who opposed racial integration were during the civil rights movements of the 1950's and 1960's.

During the pageant, Hilton asked Prejean about same-sex marriage. "I believe that a marriage should be between a man and a woman," Prejean said in response to the blogger, who was one of the pageant's judges. "No offense to anybody out there," Prejean added, "but that's how I was raised and that's how I think that it should be."

Prejean took second place in the pageant and some observers believe her answer cost her the crown.

She is set to join Brown at a press conference Thursday afternoon in Washington for the formal release of the new ad.

In an anticipation of the press conference, the producers and co-executive directors of the Miss California USA pageant issued a statement critical of Prejean's involvement with the National Organization for Marriage. "In the entire history of Miss USA, no reigning title holder has so readily committed her face and voice to a more devisive [sic] or polarizing issue," the statement says. "We are deeply saddened Carrie Prejean has forgotten her platform of the Special Olympics, her committment [sic] to all Californians, and solidified her legacy as one that goes beyond the rights to voice her beliefs and instead reveals her opportunistic Agenda."


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soundoff (309 Responses)
  1. jj

    oh, the poor attacked victims of the 'moral majority'

    April 30, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  2. Erik in Real Pennsylvania

    "Marriage" as defined legally is a contract sanctioned by the government between two people allowing for mutual risk management and shared property. Limiting the number of participants in a legal contract to two is not discriminatory. However, it's sexually discriminatory to allow one person to enter into this agreement but not another, based solely on the shape of their body (and when was the last time a court clerk, much less a clergyperson, actually checked?). Besides, in the 2003 case Lawrence v. Texas, the Supreme Court (by a healthy two-thirds majority) struck down the laws criminalizing sexual activity between gays. The one incontrovertible determining factor of “gayness,” sexual activity between same-sex partners, was itself deemed by the highest court in America to be LEGAL activity. Being gay has become NORMAL according to the rule of law.

    The solution? EVERYBODY gets a civil union regardless of gender, and the governments get out of the marriage business entirely. Your church has the right to withhold a certain blessing or religious status relative to your relationship and call it "marriage," but LAWS pronouncing the "sanctity" of marriage (as in "sacredness") based on physical attributes are discriminatory. The government shouldn't be involved in sacredness or sexual discrimination.

    April 30, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  3. andy

    i believe in same sex marriage and think she's wrong, but at least she didn't lie about it. i mean, if that's how she feels fine. again, i think it's a poor position, but she was being honest with her beliefs.

    April 30, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  4. atlanta,ga

    These people really need to get on with thier lives, they just look foolish now...geeze

    April 30, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  5. vette78man

    How does gay marriage affect my liberties? What are the consequences on my life and my marriage? None.

    April 30, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  6. Mike

    Think about all the children that $1.5 million could feed or orphans it could help or soup kitchens it could fund or battered women it could protect. It's nice to see these people have their priorities in place.

    April 30, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  7. Dawn

    Each person has their own thoughts. She said what she believes in, but it is an individual decision. The Government nor the religious right, to dictate that. this is my thoughts and I feel good that the gays can have the right to live the way of straights.

    I have gay friends and they are more loyal of friends than straights. My friend, he would take off his shirt if you are cold. That is a great friend. Not ones that say they would do it and tell you that they are cold and then you freeze...

    April 30, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  8. Matt, PA

    I personally don't see any problem with gay marriage but if someone does then I would respect their view.

    It is almost as if this judge wanted her to answer the way she did just to ridicule a perfectly valid opinion.

    Each side should respect the other rather than just yelling about how one side is bigoted and the other side is godless.

    April 30, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  9. Bob in VA

    You're being cast as bigots because you ARE bigots. Sorry if the truth hurts, National Organization for Marriage.

    April 30, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  10. Brenda

    If Carrie Prejean was not supposed to give her honest belief on the subject of same sex marriage she should not have been asked the question. We need to applaud her for standing up for what she believes in, we do have freedom of speech in this country.

    April 30, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  11. Randall Stephens

    "...producers and co-executive directors of the Miss California USA pageant issued a statement critical of Prejean's involvement... "

    Where were they when the initial question was asked? If the issue was so "divisive and polarizing", why even bring it up?

    These hypocrites (pageant organizers) who want the ratings and gain the favor of the liberal media created this mess and now they want to silence her.

    I am not voicing my opinion on this issue, but I do find it interesting how OK it has been for people to attack her on her beliefs, particularly the "celebrity blogger" who asked the question, but it is not OK for her to voice her beliefs.

    April 30, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  12. Kate

    I can't believe they have issued a statement that they are "deeply saddened" that she's "beyond" voicing her beliefs.. Why is it ok for gay's to scream WE ARE PRO GAY MARRIAGE, and it's not ok for religious people to say WE ARE AGAINST GAY MARRIAGE.. so only the "minority" get to voice their opinion so openly ?

    What is this country coming to? We are so afraid to offend anyone who are not religious, but doing just that we're offending the foundation itself that this country was build on.

    This is why this country is slowly falling apart. I wish people would see that. But I'm sure I'm going to get angry reply comments instead. sigh..

    April 30, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  13. Bafun

    Her teeth and her stupidity "opposite marriage" cost her the crown. If you represent USA you have to represent everyone. A diplomatic answer was expected. Even Governor Huntsman (R) from Utah and the State of New Hampshire have a diplomatic answer.
    Donald Trump himself told it was not the reason she didn't win.

    April 30, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  14. George

    What a joke. Who cares if they get married? Republicans are anti-everything. That is why their party is dwindling. Their ignorance is their own worst enemy.

    April 30, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  15. Aaron

    Perhaps they could explain how they are any different than "people who opposed racial integration were during the civil rights movements of the 1950's and 1960's." Those people also cited religious reasons for opposition to racial equality.

    Homophobes are going to be as offensive to future generations as racists and segregationists are to the younger generations of today. Bigotry is bigotry no matter the targeted group.

    And as far as 'silencing' her is concerned, could you imagine the outcry if she'd said the same thing about interracial marriage? Freedom of speech is not a shield of protection for those inciting hatred and prefacing it with "no offense" doesn't exuse her hateful content.

    "No offense" but she is a thoughtless bigot.

    April 30, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  16. kd

    What 'consequences'?!? All I hear from the religious who oppose gay marriage are lies and fear mongering.

    The beauty queen says she speaks from her religion and morality. Once again, hate is supported by invoking religion and 'morality.'

    You can keep your religion and your morality. It's disgusting in its ugliness.

    April 30, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  17. Linda from Minnesota

    So, can someone tell me what the "consequences" of same sex marriage are?

    What I don't get and what no one can explain is why anyone cares if two people who happen to love each other and happen to be of the same sex, get married. It certainly doesn't affect my marriage.

    With all the real problems out there, why does anyone care about same sex marriage? Its a non-issue. Let gays/lesbians have the same legal protection my husband and I have and quit discriminating against these people.

    What are these so called "consequences"?

    April 30, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  18. Jake

    "Our mission is to protect marriage..."

    From what!? can someone please explain to me why a group of people are so concerned with their own marriages they are spending millions of dollars to make certain that another group of people are denied rights and protections under our laws!? this is just insane and so disturbing! and they are doing it in the name of Jesus? so so so disturbing!

    The rest of us need to start speaking out and raise up to this!

    April 30, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  19. Babs

    Seriously, what ARE the consequences of same-sex marriage???

    April 30, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  20. Brenda

    On a personal note I do not feel attacked, just that everyone has a right to their opinion. Especially when asked.

    April 30, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  21. Erin Hall

    People who opposed integration were cast as bigots because they WERE bigots. Why would you want to paint them as victimized and align yourselves with them? Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but for this guy to cozy up to civil-rights-era George Wallace and his ilk doesn't exactly make me have any respect for you.

    April 30, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  22. SlowGun

    "Our mission is to protect marriage and the faith communities that sustain it,"

    Protect it from what exactly?

    "We want to highlight the very real effects on our liberties and especially on religious organizations, businesses, and individuals."

    Ok...then simple tell us what these very real effects are?

    Brown also said Tuesday that the group is concerned that people of faith who oppose same-sex marriage are being cast as bigots in much the same that people who opposed racial integration were during the civil rights movements of the 1950's and 1960's.

    Gee...I wonder why they would be cast as bigots. All they are doing is denying a group of people the same liberties as others simply because they are different...oh wait, I guess thats what bigots do.

    Why doesn't Brown offer one reason, just one reason against gay marriage that will stand up to constitution review and stop trying to play on people's ignorance and fears.

    April 30, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  23. Devin

    "We want to highlight the very real effects on our liberties and especially on religious organizations, businesses, and individuals"

    --Ok, its just two men or two women getting married. How does this effect ANYONE? It doesn't. These wackos seem to be fighting a war that exists only in their head.

    "Brown also said Tuesday that the group is concerned that people of faith who oppose same-sex marriage are being cast as bigots in much the same that people who opposed racial integration"

    ---– This is just insulting.

    April 30, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  24. RI Moderate

    Nothing brings out hate and intolerance more than disagreeing with a liberal! The reaction of Perez Hilton and others is simply unbelievable! The poor girl said nothing different than Barak Obama.

    April 30, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  25. Callie Day

    It is just abhorrent to watch the decay of American traditional values as for instance one husband/wife for life, belief that children are gifts from God, belief in Almighty God, distrust of controlling governments, destruction of self-reliance and honesty and fair dealing, etc. Is this what "higher education" has done to our country? The idea that someone can get away with publicly calling a young woman a "b****" because she prefers the traditional values...!!

    April 30, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
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