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. Courageous

    We live in a country that supports freedom of speech thank goodness. She has EVERY right to have her point of view! And – so does Mr. Hilton!

    To give any more weight to either one of them is ridiculous – and the real joke in my opinion is the Miss USA folks issuing their inane "public statement" jumping all over their contestants statement. They asked her the question – she answered it. If she wants to suddenly shout her opinion from the rooftops and aligns with a pro-marriage group – who cares???

    April 30, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  2. Robert R.

    It's shameful to spend $1.5 million on this ridiculousness, when you think of how much good that money could do for those who are hurting in this economy. I call on my fellow Christians to truly HELP PEOPLE instead of spinning their wheels on this crap.

    April 30, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  3. Kevin

    At first I agreed with her "right" to give her opinion. She was asked the question and answered it. But now she is just seeking an avenue to get her 15 minutes of fame. It's truly unfortunate that the BIGOTS are USING her to further their hate. I hope she can see she is being used. She's apparently getting really bad advice on her future. What ever happened to Anita Bryant? Remember her?

    April 30, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  4. Gay Man

    KEEP YOUR MORALE COSE OFF OF ME!! If your own moral leaders molest little boys, smoke meth and engage with male prostitutes, then why judge everyone one else. READ YOUR BIBLES FOR A CHANGE. If being gay is an abomination, then eating shrimp and laying with your wife while she is unclean is equally as abominable.

    April 30, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  5. Realistic Democrat

    She has a right to her opinion, just as we all do. Leave her alone.

    April 30, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  6. Anne Larsen

    Too bad Miss Prejean wasn't around in Germany in the 1930s. She'd be a quite effective spokesperson for the Nuremberg Laws.

    April 30, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  7. Jeremiah, Minneapolis

    While I don't agree with Miss California, the whole response to her has been silly. The backlash towards her for exercising her right to free speech, and I applaud it actually giving a real answer versus skirting around it. The great thing about this country is you can have two people screaming at each other over opposing views and if people can't handle that it's sad.

    April 30, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  8. walleye

    I guess I just dont understand how gay people marrying each other does any harm or interferes with my heterosexual lifestyle. MAYBE I AM A LITTLE DENSE, BUT CAN SOMEONE PLEASE EXPLAIN THIS TO ME.

    April 30, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  9. Will

    Can someone please explain to me when the failure to win a beauty pageant was found to violate one's freedom of speech?

    April 30, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  10. Lanz Franco

    I'm a little confused. Why would you draw the obvious comparison between those who oppose same-sex marriage and those who opposed mixed-race marriage if you don't want people to make that connection? When I first read that statement, my thought was, "Well, obviously they're the same..." and then I realized that they DIDN'T want me to make that connection. That's a really bad way to get your message out. It'd be like the NRA showing a whole bunch of people who committed suicide with handguns and saying, "They could have done this with a rope or knife as well!"

    April 30, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  11. Peter

    So, everyone is surprised that a dumb blonde made a stupid comment. Why are the gay bashers putting their chips behind her? I don't like gay people themselves, but to deny them of the same rights that everyone else has seems ..........well..........racist, just like the article says. People who invite their nose into other people's bedrooms should be called bigots, racists, etc. They are closed-minded people who think that government should control everything. Gay marriage is marriage and gay bashers are hypocrits to say that they are "marriage supporters." I am definitely not a person who enjoys gay people and I am not one to support them, but I always believe in what is right. Outlawing gay marriage is just the same as outlawing women or minorities from voting. Anyone who says they are trying to "protect marriage" should go dig themselves a hole and die in it, because no one wants to here their closed-minded, invasive ideas anymore.

    I don't like gay people, but to single someone out is similar to genocide and racism.

    April 30, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  12. Justin Friend

    Obnoxious gay gossip columnist vs. Fundamentalist stepford wife..."The Bad Taste Clash of the Century" is what this whole debate should be called...People who get satisfaction out of competing and judging in contests over physical beauty are not the kind of people who should be controlling debate in this country. But, then again it does perfectly sum up the shallowness and intellectual level of big parts of our society.

    April 30, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  13. REG

    What is wrong with people... If she thinks that a mariage should be between a man and a woman because of how she was raised then why is that statement becoming a basis to attack this young lady. Idiots.... Freedom of speech work Both ways so deal with it. I salute you MISS CALIFORNIA

    April 30, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  14. Bev - NYC

    Please begin the debate by enlightening us to the consequences of gay marriage. Since when is a committment relationship between two people such a problem for the masses to concern themselves with. Where are the ads when some pop tart marries in vegas for 55 hours? Where are the ads when Congress people, entertainer, every day people marry the third or fourth trophy wifeor husband as easily as they change socks? Marriage between two consenting adults of the same sex is no threat to me as a person or my way of life. I put as much thought into it as most of the starter marriages I see today. However, blatant discrimination, even by those swathed in the bible is a threat.

    April 30, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  15. Barbara Cuervo

    I can't comment for other people writing in....but.....I just like to be around other people, who... can be themselves.. and.. express what they believe in, (That's what's great about this country) If my memory serves me correctly...I believe...Carrie, made the comment that she hoped she hadn't offended anyone....but....this is how she was brought up.

    I really don't believe in beauty pageants...so....I don't watch them, but it seems like alot of hub-bub about .....nothing! We need to get over this.

    Times have changed and if same sex marriages are now part of society...then....we need to "Live and let live".....They asked her what she believed in.....and.....she gave an answer.

    BC

    April 30, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  16. Expat Amercan

    Prejean is a beauty pageant contestant; It's not like she's also a governor running for Vice President....Uh Oh!

    Frankly, I think a pageant where the contestants are judged on their intelligence and accomplishments would be more interesting to watch. But swimsuits get the ratings.

    The Miss USA pageant just looks kind of dated in 2009. And those ones with children are just creepy.

    April 30, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  17. kd

    ...and, yes, she has the right to say it as much as she has the right to be stupid. That doesn't mean that the ugliness she represents and the lies spoken by the religious right should be chiseled into law. THAT'S the issue, not whether she has the right to speak out loud.

    All of you defending her 'free speech rights' are way off base. That is not the issue, never has been. You are obfuscating because you don't HAVE a good defense for your bigotry.

    April 30, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  18. Expat American

    Prejean is a beauty pageant contestant; It's not like she's a governor....Uh Oh!

    Frankly, I think a pageant where the contestants are judged on their intelligence and accomplishments would be more interesting to watch. But swimsuits get the ratings.

    The Miss USA pageant just looks kind of dated in 2009. And those ones with children are just creepy.

    April 30, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  19. thanks, but no thanks

    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.
    Now there is the answer for you people. As history showed, people who opposed racial integration were bigots. Unless you disagree with racial integration, which l doubt you do Mr. Brown. Who the hell has appointed you the protectionist of the marriage? Remember that some of the opponents of the gay marriage came out to be gay with suppressed feelings. You miss the point. You are advocating against gay marriage, imagine some gay dude advocating against heterosexual marriage. You get the point l am trying to make. And by the way, l am not gay, but l follow the christian teachings love thou neighbor in the same way that you love yourself. So you are bigots...

    April 30, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  20. bruce morningstar

    What is the big deal? Most gays are better Christians than the phony so called Christians who protest them. Gays do not hurt anyone. What the hell is wrong with gay marriage? Theirs are better marriages than heterosexual ones. I bet that the divorce rate of gays in 10 years will be about 1% of the so called normal heterosexual marriages. But it is OK for the heterosexuals to treat marriage like a short term high school romance. Who are these protestors? Do they have a clue? Or are they just following the evangelical right who want to act like the Anglican Church that caused this country to be colonized? Besides, Jesus accepted everyone and judged no one. When will the right start practicing the teachings of Jesus? Let's worry about the important issues affecting this country and keep religion in your churches and act like real followers of Jesus, not the Mormons and all the other phonies like Rick Warren who is closer to the devil than he is to any other religion.

    April 30, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  21. Jeff

    A question like this should have never been asked in this type of forum. Perez wanted an answer and the answer he got he did not want to hear. Either way if she did say that she supported gay marriage or not it would of created a backlash.

    April 30, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  22. Nick

    If two people of the same sex want to get married, more power to them.

    I respect for for giving a truthful answer, good for her, even if I have a different opinion.

    More importantly, can she be any HOTTER??

    Wow!

    nb

    April 30, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  23. Shaft

    Wow gay people are really ignorant and mean to anyone who doesnt agree with them.
    Prop 8 passed so California doenst want gay marriage. Why does gay blogger have to insult the fine Miss California?

    April 30, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  24. Ralph

    The producers/directors of the Calif. pagnt should be ashamed of themselves for being condemning to Miss Calif. and not Mr. Hilton for obviously publicly espousing his views as much and even more than Miss Calif. Could it be that freedom of expression/religion/beliefs is a right only for those who contrl the purse strings.

    April 30, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  25. Steve

    Nice to see bigotry is alive and well just changing its face to a beauty queen!

    April 30, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
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