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. Heather

    I have yet to hear one rational argument as to how same sex marriage impinges upon the rights and liberties of heterosexuals. How exactly does it hurt your marriage or your liberty if the gay couple down the street is allowed to marry?

    If you don't support same sex marriage, then don't have one.

    April 30, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  2. scott

    I can understand why people are afraid of gay marriage. Look at what straight people have done to marriage. The divorce rate is ridiculous, there are hundreds of thousands of unwed mothers out there because of divorce and polls showing the amount of infidelity among married people is staggering.

    Why spread this plague?

    April 30, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  3. B. Churchill

    And what exactly are the "consequences" of gay marriage? Priceless...

    April 30, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  4. Chuck

    This is actually the best thing to have happened to her. She is famous and making money from her speech. But her speech did not hurt her chances of winning....she would have come in second no matter what she said. She was already trailing Miss North Carolina in both the swim suit and the evening gown scores before her speech.

    April 30, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  5. Zivo24

    I'm no fan of Perez Hilton but the difference between him and Carrie Prejean is that she was selected to represent the state of California.

    Perez Hilton represents only himself.

    They both do their jobs badly but Hilton's behavior reflects only on himself. Prejean's reflects on all the people who selected her as their state represenative to the national pageant.

    April 30, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  6. Ima Christian

    Tolerance goes in both directions. I applaud Ms. California for standing up for what she believes to be right. Those who disagree with her should also have some admiration that she lost giving a honest answer and not be a liar to advance herself. For that she deserves some credit, agree or not with her views. As a Christian, I donot believe that homosexuality is what God intended, however God did not intend for us to murder babies, lie, steal, and a multitude of other sins. We are not to hate the sinner, just the sin. Also Jesus said that he who is without sin cast the first stone. (I wont be throwin any). The question should never have been asked and especially not by someone who could not have an open mind to her views as well.

    April 30, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  7. Chaun

    Boy, most of you commenting on this must also be Liberals as well as gay. You have the same attitude towards someone who doesn't agree with you. Attack, attack, attack with vicisousness. You also resort to name calling and calling her stupid. I respect anyone who gives their honest opinion even if its not popular. I wish our politicians could do it just once in their careers. The bible says marriage is between a man and a women. Either you believe that or you don't. I understand the issue of getting tax or insurance benefits, ect... I think they should label same sex unions with another name. I have no issue with you folks getting the same benefits as normal marriages, just name it something else and move on. Our country was founded on Christianity, and I don't believe 2% of the population should change our history or try to re intrepret what the bible says about marriage. Just give a same sex union a respectable name and move on.

    April 30, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  8. Carolyn

    Perez Hilton has absolutely NO qualifications to be a judge in this contest. He should not have asked a controversial question and He absolutely should not have criticized her after she answered truthfully. Although you may not agree with her, you must respect her integrity. She has class while he is a no class no talent wannabe celeb.

    April 30, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  9. Chal

    What is more important to America? Providing shelter, clothes, and food to the poor, cure diseases, supporting our troops or promoting hate? Apparently promoting hate. And we consider ourselves the superior country.

    April 30, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  10. Robert

    What is wrong with you people? I don't have an opinion on gay marriage either way. To quote Peter Griffin said, " Whats wrong with gay marriage, let 'em get meaaried and be miserable like the rest of us." What really grinds my gears is that Carrie Prejean can't answer a question honestly without being labled wrong for it.

    How many of you have been to Province Town? It's a nice little sea side community, and tourist place to go in the summer on Cape Cod. I went there with my girlfriend when I lived in Massachusetts. Nice eateries, shops, beach, pretty much a place to go for a nice relaxing day.

    Now factor in one thing, it is the hub of the gay community in Massachusetts. So I am walking down the street holding hand with my girlfriend minding my own buisness. The this gay couple scorns at us a says very loudly, looking right at us, " #$%&ing breeders!"

    Nice huh! I never said anything to them, never looked at them, was not wearing a " If your gay, your going to hell" shirt. I am hardly a conserative, and don't even look it.

    Here's my point; How do you expect me to respect your opinion when you can't respect the opinion of others? You all want this to be some P.C. world, but was that very P.C.? I think most of you forgot what being an American is, or means. I think you all also had better read the Constitution again, you know the whole "freedom of speech" thing. Oh don't forget the whole right to " life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" as well.

    If you want respect learn to give it, if you want understanding, learn to understand others. If you want to have your opinion valued, then value other opinions.

    This country is more polarized then it has ever been, CNN, FOX, MSNBC, and every other news agency loves this. They help it along.

    Wake up America!

    April 30, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |

    How Does Gay Marriage Affect anyones Lives IT DONT They arent Hurting anyone I mean you only Go around Once in this Life cant you atleast be Happy!

    April 30, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  12. Rd

    She would not have won anyway. She did not win the evening gown or swimsuit rounds, Miss NC did. So it is bogus to say the one question caused her to lose, it did not. The question was not directed at her for her views, she drew a name out of the fish bowl and could have had any other judge. Her problem was that she was not polished...she could have answered saying the same thing without being so in your face.
    It is also interesting that she claims she could not give a more even handed answer because of her integrity. Give us a break. Fake hair, fake boobs, circus make up, and fake tan, what part of her is real?

    April 30, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  13. Joyce

    I think that America should move into the 21st century along with many countries and recognize this type of union.
    I know of many same sex couples affected by this issue. They have no right whatsoever. No recognition. Practically treated like an outsider. Not a citizen with equal rights just like a heterosexual couple.

    Be it by race, gender or sexual preferences, it is not right to treat anyone different from what the world deem as normal.

    Relationship with God is personal. We should not judge one another based on what we believe to be the correct and the truth. My humble opinion, judgemental people along with hypocrites are far worse than not being "normal".

    April 30, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  14. Monrob

    Why don't these bigots target DIVORCE? That is the threat to marriage!

    This woman will end up like Anita Bryant – a poor, sorry, old prune.

    April 30, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  15. Ravi

    NOM must be condemned. There is no justification for anti-LGBT bigotry. The only reason they are against marriage equality is because they (NOM) are filled with so much hatred and fear.

    April 30, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  16. Dorota

    Carrie, you go girl! Bravo!.

    April 30, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  17. Wild Mountain Man

    Society recognizes numerous relationship types, such as distributorships, Franchises, corporations, partnerships, civil unions, co-habitantions and marriages. Specific laws pertain to the different types for reasons that are reasonable and justifiable. Marriage involves reproduction and children which a gay relationship DOES NOT. Civil Unions offer rights and make sense for people living together who want more recognition and protection than comes from simply having a room mate.

    By the way, I don't see gays fighting for the rights of polygamy relationships. Those people have a more legitimate right to marriage than Gays.

    I wish the Gay Community would wake up and have real dialogue instead of this back stabbing whinning banter. Talk about who is the bigot....

    April 30, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  18. will1776

    So much for freedom of speech. How dare someone speak there mind! Liberals love the Constitution until it is inconvenient for them. This is too funny. I bet if one of the democratic contestents burned an american flag on stage the flaming liberals would applaud and protect her!

    April 30, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  19. Rachelle

    I disagree with Ms. Prejean's opinion. People like her justify their bigotry through their religion and are attempting to enshrine their religious beliefs through legal processes, thereby enforcing their religion upon those who don't have the same beliefs. Bigotry is an ugly word, and I understand that it is difficult for people to admit that they are. When your beliefs are that any class of people is not entitled to the same rights as you, no matter what the reason behind it, it is bigotry. If you feel your God endorses that bigotry, then embrace it, I guess.

    However, Perez Hilton's comments were entirely inappropriate. For him to ask her about her beliefs and then curse at her for saying what she believes is ridiculous. However, the man is a gossip-monger – what did you expect? He has proven time and again that he is a very small, very petty, angry, sad little man. He could have handled this differently. Instead, he fueled the fire of the conservatives and gave them a nice little video of "those angry, immoral gays" to throw about.

    We must be better than those with whom we disagree. Just because we live in a country with free speech doesn't mean we should say whatever is on our minds without compunction.

    April 30, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  20. Stephanie

    Mari, this is the issue. And CNN, please allow this to be posted.

    Certain states are offering CIVIL UNIONS, which is not at all like civil marriage (which is being offered by Iowa, Vermont, and the like). These *unions* only recognize that they are a couple, while not needing to provide them with the same benefits that are offered to heterosexual *marriages*. Do you not realize that, even if you get married in a church, you have to register with the state in order to have your marriage legalized? That religion isn't even necessary in identifying who is married and who isn't, that the GOVERNMENT is?

    Civil unions are no more than a facade in order to placate those who want civil rights to be afforded to EVERYONE. I'm sorry that you don't realize the difference and are falling for this crap, but "compromising" is not equal.

    April 30, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  21. David

    What are the consequences of same-sex marriage?

    April 30, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  22. Plankton

    The question that still hasn't been answered is how does someone else's marriage hurt you? IT DOESN'T.

    And to those of you who want to say that the government should stay out of the marriage business...TOO LATE. Not everyone who gets married has to get married in a church, but they do have to have the state's approval (aka marriage license).

    When a government discriminates against a person based on their sex (or race etc.) IT IS ILLEGAL. It doesn't matter how many people "feel" it's right or wrong. Slavery was "popular" too.

    The Supreme Court has already answered the question. When the Justices look at it again, and decide the same, exact way they decided before, I will shake my head at all of you idiots who thought having an argument that's already been decided was a good use of your time and money.

    April 30, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  23. Baze

    miss california wasn't all that. Her nose looks weird, and she's totally fake. However, she wasn't in the wrong for her opinion. in fact, the guy that asked that question was wrong. What, if you don't agree with him you're wrong? It's clear that he only had one standpoint on the question he was asking, and I don't feel that this pageant should be a place for politics anyway.

    April 30, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  24. Dave

    I still fail to see how two people getting married affects two other people getting married. Is there supposed to be some sort of inherent value in marriage that I'm missing? With at least half of marriages ending in divorce, I don't see it. Sorry.

    April 30, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  25. Too True For You

    Another missive from the morally conceited right. Exactly what are the "very real effects"? I would love to know.

    These cafeteria christian bible abusers aren't enforcing animal sacrifice, the ban on shaving sideburns or beards. They are not forgoing cloth made of more than one fiber, tatoos, or any of the other so-called "words of God" from the exact same book of the bible. Why not? All these are equally as idiotic as their sanctimonious stance on homosexual relations.

    Even James Dobson of Focus on the Family wrote in July 1993: "Let me simply say that the same Scriptures that condemn homosexuality and premarital heterosexuality also tell us to accept those who are in violation of these ordinances. Jesus was more compassionate toward the woman caught in the very act of intercourse – a capital offense in those days – than He was toward the hypocrites in the church. This is our model and our mandate"

    April 30, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
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