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. Thomas

    All I want to know is this:

    How can allowing gays to marry adversly affect hetrosexual marriages?

    April 30, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  2. Cathy in AZ

    I am still trying to figure out what are the consequences of same sex marriage! What is the conservative right afraid of?
    This young lady is entitled to her opinion as I am to mine, but please couldn't the National Organization for Marriage do something more contructive with the money they are spending on this ad campaign.
    Food banks, Women's Shelters, address the needs of the homeless etc etc etc!

    April 30, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  3. Bev

    Since when does free speech only apply to what other people want to hear. She said this is what she believes, she didn't ask anyone else to believe with her.

    April 30, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  4. U.S. Common Sense

    I see nothing wrong with both sides of the debate running ads to support their position. Gays shouldn't roll over just because the majority is against gay marriage, just as those who are against gay marriage shouldn't roll over because it's politically correct.

    April 30, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  5. Kelly

    Just what are the anti-gay marriage crowd trying to protect? About 15% percent of all marriages end in divorce. My guess is that a group of us who have already been together as couples for decades who are finally going to be able to marry are going to up that statistic. The bottom line though – there are people in this country who are denied the same rights as everyone else – plain and simple. I pay the same (if not more) taxes than everyone else and I should have the right to marry my significant other, with whom I already share a home and children, if I want to. Which I do, by the way, and I plan to do everything I can to be able to marry her in our home state of Pennsylvania.

    April 30, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  6. Fitz in Texas

    Actually, I could less who marries who, but Perez Hilton was a real JERK on this one. He asked a question, Miss California gave an honest answer and she's attacked. Well, I'm not a bit surprised because that's how the left is. Warm and fuzzy if you do and say what they want, a pit bull if you don't. (sorry, didn't mean to insult the pit bulls) Yep, got to love these open minded liberal thinking people........Good for you Miss California for not taking the easy way out and standing up for what you believe in. I'm sure you sleep great at night knowing they can't push you around.

    April 30, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  7. What a joke

    They are using this puppet for their own good. She ain't too bright...remember, she said she believed in "opposite marriage." What bologna!

    April 30, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  8. dayton

    Mr. Brian Brown states, "We want to highlight the very effects on our liberties...". Has he considered the liberties of all Americans to have the right of marriage, or is this only a liberty for the majority and not the minority?

    April 30, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  9. Stephen

    At some point in time the point got lost in the prattle. It's HER position. She is entitled to it. She didn't attack anybody. But the net result is that HER OPINION cost her the crown, (no big loss), and outed folks like Hilton for the narrow minded buffoons that they are.

    This is America, hello, FREE SPEECH, (unless it offends people who think I need to know what their bedroom habits are.)

    Not on my watch.

    April 30, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  10. Ernie

    Maybe the National Organization for Marriage should pour that money into efforts to lower the divorce rate in America, and then they would truly be saving marriage.

    April 30, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  11. Brett

    I am so proud of Miss California for her believe and her honestly.

    April 30, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  12. Eric From Texas

    What is lost on people who intensely oppose same-sex marriage is that Miss California did not lose the pageant because she opposed same-sex marriage. She lost it because she was so inarticulate in her answer and deserved to be lambasted for her inability to formulate a coherent answer for whatever view she had.

    April 30, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  13. Henry Miller, Cary, NC

    "We want to highlight the very real effects on our liberties..."

    And I want to highlight the very real intent of the religious nuts to deprive people who don't agree with them of their liberties.

    Religious extremists of all varieties, christian, islamic, whatever, all seem to have in common an overwhelming need to impose their idiocies on everyone else. Can't you people just mind your own businesses?

    April 30, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  14. chloe

    Congratulations Ms. Prejean, you are the new face of bigotry! Instead of supporting the Special Olympics, she'd rather spend all her time & energy spreading hate!!

    April 30, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  15. Swarn Gill

    Yes the noble tradition of marriage between a man and a woman. Daughters allow your parents to arrange your marriage, let them use you as currency to increase your social standing, give up valuable commodities to pay dowries, use you as a political tool to soothe tensions between countries or kingdoms, have you marry a man 3 times your age, just because he is a butcher and well respected man in the town. Ah...marriage you have been so romantic in all our civilized days.

    And if we now just pretend that it has always been about love between a man and a woman, lets talk about a greater than 50% divorce rate. Yes, love doesn't even seem to be enough these days. Marriage as institution is so sacred to so many people...that's why there is so many chapels in Vegas.

    Separate church and state. Give gay people the same rights as everybody. If God created all people equal, shouldn't all people have equal rights? I mean we let killers marry crazy women on the outside in prison. Why does that person have more legal rights than a gay person?

    April 30, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  16. LU

    The Republicans have quite a strong opinion on alot of things, and use religion and morality as the reason. Well, if they read the Bible, they would understand that the number one offense to Jesus is not helping the poor. They are notorious for that; they only take care of their rich counterparts, and the poor have to figure it out for themselves. What bigots......I hope they will be forgiven when their time comes!

    April 30, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  17. mark

    Wow the president and her have one thing in common, neither like gay marriage.

    April 30, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  18. Steve

    Can't say I'd want Perez Hilton to be the spokesman for my activist group, if I wanted any respect that is....

    April 30, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  19. Nate Alwine

    Wasn't it the question from the judge that started all this? I don't remember Miss California flauting her views on marriage before that point. From what I've heard of this issue she was asked a question, and gave an answer. After that she was demonized by the Miss America Pagent, and Miss California USA Pagent. In a state where 51% are against gay marriage and 49% against I would think that an organization that is trying to build goodwill and a family experience could find topics like helping families recover from disasters, improving the chronic health conditions in america, etc rather than asking a question that seems to be aimed at instantly polarizing Americans. I don't think Miss California should be blamed for an opportunistic agenda–but rather Perez Hilton should be blamed for trying to advance his agenda at an inappropriate time.

    April 30, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  20. Karen - Missouri

    Typical Republicans...ads that don't make any sense at all. Looks like the Republicans are well on the road to lose their 2010 elections! dumbo pageant contestant makes ads...how funny...isn't that another Palin?

    April 30, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  21. Right wing talking point

    If you are oppsed to gay marriage, then don't get one. Leave other peoples relationships alone, as they have absolutely no bearing or relavence to your own.

    April 30, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  22. jm

    It's a sad day in America when a beauty pagent contestant is asked tougher questions then the President at a so called "press conference".

    April 30, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  23. Doug, New Jersey

    The biggest bigots who represent closed-mindedness and double standards are the liberals here.

    There are no excuses, this young lady was punished, stripped of what was going to be a victory she earned, just for having a view that liberal Democrats disagree with.

    See, this is just one instance of this. All over the nation liberals are punishing people for their views, be it a student at a university or even in our public schools who get lower grades for daring to question the lib establishment, and even our military members returning home to a nation they put thier life on the line for that now has the DHS tragetting them as terrorists just for not having liberal views.

    A majority of Democrats support this TRUE discrimination. I support gay marriage but more importaintly I support every Americans right to have their own views and beliefs without having to fear serious, negative, life changing consequences if they are not lib Democrat. In America today there is no question that there is far more tolerance, open-mindedness, and fight for all Americans to have all of their freedoms regardless of thier views on the right than there is on the left, it is not even close.

    When you encounter true discrimination that truly affects someone's life, the person doing it is a liberal Democrat, the party of hate.

    April 30, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  24. Malcolm

    On top that this girl has the intelligence of a slug she did have the right to say what she wanted, but she said it wrong way. But I agree with some others here that how does gay marriage affect others? Oh sorry I guess its embarrassing to them that others could be happy too. Right wing, religious fanatics!

    April 30, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  25. bgreiner03

    Oh yeah, I'm going to base my philosophy on the thoughts of a beauty pageant bimbo. The neo-cons just don't get it, much like the Republican Party doesn't get it. The bigotry is ending in all corners including same-sex marriage. The last election showed that Americans are tired of all the hatred and discrimination. Homosexuality has become accepted. Slowly but surely, states are moving to legalize gay marriage, assisted by the courts whose job it is to see that all Americans are treated equally. They are not legislating from the bench either. They are doing their jobs by interpreting the law. One can look back all you want but society is going forward. I defy anyone to tell me how someone's same-sex marriage is going to personally effect the person-in-the-street's life. As for the religious aspect, this is not, despite what some otherwise insist, not a Christian nation. We have a constitution to protect the rights of all citizens. Included in that is the fact that you do not have the right to foist your beliefs upon anyone else.

    April 30, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
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