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. TurdSandwich

    What does same sex marriage have to do with the Special Olympics. Are same sex couples mentally challenged? Maybe.

    April 30, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  2. Jessica

    She was asked her opinion, whether anyone else agrees with her or not, it is hers and she should not be run up the pole because of it. When Hilton went to his website and called her a B****H, that was his opinion, but yet nothing was said about that. Hilton needs to grow up and move on.

    By the way, I totally agree with her. I don't consider myself to be close-minded or a bigot, but I do believe marriage should be as God created between a man and woman.

    April 30, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  3. Ray Fisher

    If the Gays expect people to accept their lifestyle, they must accept our lifestyle. It's not always cool to be queer!!!

    April 30, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  4. John

    There has to be some middle ground here that will protect the rights of gays and still preserve the special meaning marriage has for the many people (the majority of people?) who agree with Ms. Prejean. She has the right to speak her mind. There is no reason for people to verbally beat her up for defending her beliefs.

    April 30, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  5. emily

    Yes, she has the right to her opinion and should definitely be allowed to answer with it when the question is asked. They are not criticizing her answer to the question, the criticism is about her decision to become the centerpiece of the anti-gay marriage campaign and get paid to be in ads on the subject. It is a divisive issue which makes it a lot less appropriate for Miss California to be championing than something like the Special Olympics, which she claimed was her cause.

    April 30, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  6. Jon

    I think that the ultra left are being bigots about gay marriage. Civil Union exist for all people. But marriage is a religious institution between a man and woman. It has been like this for thousands of years. Who is the ultra left to tell anybody that marriage is not a religious institutuion between a man and woman? You left wing nuts don't get it. When a man and woman are married there are two signed contracts. One is with whatever religion they are affliated with and the second is with the state or commonwealth inwhich the union took place. Marriage is religious and Civil Union is govermental. Seriously, all you people want is to be able to use the word married. You people are pathetic to complain about this all over the proper use of the word married. GET A LIFE AND CLUE!!!!!!!!

    April 30, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  7. jds

    Does the leader of this movement not see the irony in his statement about religious conservatives being labeled as "bigots"? The people who opposed racial integration in the 50's and 60's also thought they were doing God's work by trying to keep the races separate. In the same way that today's bigots think they're trying to "protect" marriage, so too did the bigots in the civil rights movement think they were trying to "protect" society by keeping the races separate. History truly does repeat itself. The sad thing is, if someone did a study of the two groups, I'd be shocked if today's bigots weren't direct descendants of the racists that fought to keep schools segregated back then. Who are the conservatives going to hate when society fully accepts homosexuals as human beings?

    April 30, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  8. Anonymous

    This is not about the merits of same-sex marriage....it's about one woman's right to answer a question based her opinion; which is what she was asked. The fact that her answer does not agree with your thinking doesn't mean at all that she is closed-minded. Why is that that those who differ in opinion are immediately labeled that way? Can the same be said for those who believe that same sex couples should be allowed to marry? Is that not as closed-minded as the alternative? Don't want an honest answer?..Dont ask the question

    April 30, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  9. G.R.I.T.S. - Girl Raised in the South

    As a straight, committed couple, my fiance and I decided not to get married until all people are allowed to marry the person he or she loves. We will not participate in an institution that is denied others simply because they are different.

    April 30, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  10. nazgul

    why is someone with a nothing job, "a celebrity blogger", taken even with the smallest grain of salt. why should anyone care what he says, wants, or questions. hey perez get a real job. this is the same dufus that quoted reliable sources to report the death of fidel castro. hey perez, do everyone a favor.......zip it.

    April 30, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  11. Katie

    When we have to give up our right to free speech and the right to voice our true opinions because we disagree with the person asking the question, we will all become robots programed the same. Won't life be dull then!

    April 30, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  12. Luzbo

    Awww.. Poor misunderstood superbeautiful rich superwhite girl. Yes, you are A BIGOT.

    April 30, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  13. Schneider (I) - CA

    This is not a religious issue. This is not a morality issue. This is not a "forcing a gay agenda" issue.

    This is a civil rights issue. The arguments against gay marriage are basically the same as those used against inter-racial marriage.

    Marriage is a legal contract. Period.

    Gays getting married are not an attack against straight people. It is simply them saying that they have a right to engage in a legally bound relationship. What is so threatening about that?

    April 30, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  14. Stu Smith

    The government cannot discriminate. If "marraige" belongs to heterosexual couples only, the goverment needs to get out of the marraige biz. Everybody gets a civil union, churches can define marriage for themselves.

    April 30, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  15. Dennis

    You have to realize this "beauty queen" just doesn't realize that a real marriage is based on actual love between two people no matter what thier gender. The only relationship she has to look forward to is one of being a beautiful possession of a man who has the money to own her until he gets tired of paying for the plastic surgery and moves on to a younger model of the same thing. Poor thing.

    April 30, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  16. Steve K

    The journalists are at it again, especially the gay ones, stirring up trouble. Guess what the the people are getting sucked in again for making bad comments. Love Jack Cafferty.

    April 30, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  17. Lisa

    I am gay and could care less about marriage. I respect Ms. California's opinion as much as any gay friend of mine. She is being trashed by the media hog Hilton unfairly.

    My beef is with the coalitions, be them Christian or otherwise, that say they are protecting the 'sanctity or sacredness' or marriage. Give me break! If that was the case then these hypocrites would put out commercials everytime someone gets divorced. Divorce rate was still almost 50% in 2006, so drop the marriage is so special talk. Marriage is a tax break and nothing more.

    April 30, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  18. BC

    She was brave to speak her mind. I agree with her completely. Gay marriage, and also interracial marriage, must be outlawed with an amendment to the constitution.

    April 30, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  19. David

    Have your beliefs, but please do not pass judgment on those that are different from yourself, that's for both sides of the issue. If you are a God loving Christian, I think some have lost sight of the righteous path to travel.

    April 30, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  20. Chris

    Couching your bigotry as a "matter of faith" does not excuse it. This was one of the main arguments of racists during the 50s and 60s. It was morally repugnant then and still is today.

    April 30, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  21. Jake

    There's nothing more annoying than strawman arguments that unfortunately some of my fellow Christian brethren practice-especially with regards to gay marriage.

    For example the statement, "Gay marriage activists attack people for supporting marriage because they don't want to debate the consequences of same-sex marriage," HUH? Okay let's debate it. Let's debate it in public and in churches. It's these extremist who don't want (or rather scared) to debate it. They automatically go "the Bible says...." so, let's make it illegal-well, that's not a debate. These guys create an enemy (strawman) based on their perceptions so they can try to distroy it. NO ONE is attacking marriage? In fact, all people want to do is be included in marriage. If homosexual marriage was detremental to society-give me some empirical evidence! Because I can certainly show scientific evidence of how beauty pageants (e.g. Miss America pageant) contribute to the negative self-perceptions in young women that has links to distructive behaviors like eating disorders.

    April 30, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  22. Common Sense

    I find it very interesting that as a group that preaches "tolerance", homosexuals sure do not give "tolerance" to a group that has a different opinion than theirs. It is itself bigotry. I cannot figure out how suddenly it is politically correct to state that homosexuality is perfectly normal while at the same time viciously attempting to silence opposition. We live in America, where we have the freedom of speech to either support or stand against homosexuality. To put into law that a man can "marry" another man means that Americans must accept that marriage as legal. This forces Americans to accept homosexuality as ok, under the law. This legal issue is a major reason homosexual activists want gay marriage. They already have access to civil unions, and already get tax breaks and the benefit of bringing two incomes together. The entire battle right now is over the attempt of homosexual activists to put into law their ideas as absolute truth, and force those that oppose them to accept these ideas. It will force the government to enforce this law if civilians oppose it. How? I wish I knew, but history has shown that once in law, the government enforces it aggressively.

    The truth is, we are all people in need of God and are all equally lost without Him. I pray for us all, christians and homosexuals alike, because we are all in this boat together and will all equally answer to God one day.

    April 30, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  23. Schneider (I) - CA

    For all those religious fanatics that object to gay marriage, here's a suggestion:

    Don't do it.

    Otherwise, just shut up and stop discriminating based on your narrow view of what is "moral".

    April 30, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  24. sandy247

    Prejean's comment "I was raised to believe..." starts the same sentences used by racists, abusers, religious zealots and others who abuse, neglect and persecute their own citizens.

    Just because one has faith doesn't mean they cannot let others live their own lives in their own way. Fundamentalism and ignorance is not something to be waving proud like a banner.

    As a person who is not of Christian Religion, I find it offensive that those who say "I voted my values" or "God says...". Christian God is not the government of the American People. I have just as strong a spiritual faith, but I certainly do not use it as a crutch to persecute others. I hope that most reasoning people do not either.

    April 30, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  25. dotjet

    She didn't lose because she stated her truthful opinion, she lost because she's a bigot. The majority of Americans are sick and tired of bigotry.

    April 30, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
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