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. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Who cares what a "beauty queen" thinks? Is she the new Anita Bryant or something?

    April 30, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  2. Jason

    Nothing brings out a conservative more than someone who does not agree with them. Conservatives are the most hypocritical people on earth. If you don't agree with them then attack. If you do, you become their best friend (palin and the "beauty" queen). This whole thing is ridiculous. The conservatives couldn't wait to pounce on this – I personally wouldn't waste a minute debating anything related to Perez Hilton. He is a nothing!

    April 30, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  3. Lee W. in Raleigh, NC

    Don't support gay marriage? Then don't get one.

    April 30, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  4. Jim

    Consequences of same-sex marriage?! Are you F-ing kidding me? Well, there are plenty of opposite-sex marriages that result in divorce, child abuse, spousal abuse, murder/suicides, and adultry. Are those the consequences of opposite-sex marriage?

    I'll debate the consquences of marriage any day of the week.

    April 30, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  5. Rick

    Just like a lot of people who have posted, I just want to hear Carrie Prejean, or anyone else from the "traditional marriage" crowd, as to how and why same-sex marriage is a threat to my marriage?

    I read a lot of complaints about attacking one's freedom of speech and the bemoaning over some arrogant jerk calling Ms. Prejean a b****, but no explanation as to why same-sex marriage is a threat to marriage between a man and a woman.

    April 30, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  6. chedian

    The way I read this situation is that Perez asked Prejean a very controversial, and perhaps inappropriate, question, and Prejean chose to answer honestly. Prejean saw beyond the very shallow components of Miss America and knew instead that a beauty pageant should be equally as, if not more, concerned with the contestants' beliefs and values because honestly, anyone who gets plastic surgery has the potential to look "beautiful," but without their own opinions and views on pressing issues affecting America today, they might as well be one of my plastic barbie dolls. We need more people like Prejean–beautiful women who have values and are not afraid to voice them. Prejean is the kind of person that women in America can look up to.

    April 30, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  7. iwillbecauseiam

    Gays have a double standard: As long as you agree with their agenda you can speak out. Have another opinion and you are villified and shouted down. Since when was it wrong in America to have an opinion different from someone else?answer:when it concerns gay issues apparently.

    April 30, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  8. Chris from Cedar Rapids IA

    "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"

    Did anybody else see this part and the ironic truth?

    Um, they were bigots just as this group is bigots...

    April 30, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  9. Kate

    To say that gays shouldn't marry is the equivalent of saying that people of different races shouldn't get married. There is enough scientific proof that being gay is not a choice, but genetic. Conservatives need to get with the times.

    April 30, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  10. LB

    I don't hapen to agree with Miss CA, but the bottom line is she's allowed to have her opinion. That's what America is supposed to be all about. I would think that she knew her answer would probably cost her the crown (don't get me started on the whole pagaent thing) but she gave her honest feelings on the subject. Kudos to her for having the guts to tell the truth.

    April 30, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  11. AEK

    When I finished laughing out loud, and frankly, startling the person with whom I share an office, I really started to think about this story. Well, thinking is probably an overstatement. I guess it goes to the depth of this group's misunderstanding what is happening out here in the "real" world that would have them pick a "celebrity blogger" whatever the heck that is, and Miss California, nuff said, to be their spokespersons for this project. Is this really the image they want to present on this issue? Okay, well, they're idiots, but aside from that, I...ummm...I...got nothin' more!

    April 30, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  12. Laura

    As I remember it, he asked her her opinion. She gave it. Should she have lied?

    April 30, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  13. Jenn

    She did not lose because of her position. Miss NC gave a conservative, articulate answer as well.

    She lost because she stumbled up there. She first implied that people can choose to get married and that the majority of the states allow gay marriage. Her answer was not formulated or even coherent except for two sentences that were not part of the question.

    Good for her to speak her mind and now cash in on it.

    April 30, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  14. honestly

    People who oppose same sex marriage are being compared to those who fought against the civil rights movement because this "is" the civil rights movement

    April 30, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  15. vitto

    good for her..this is america not russia

    say what you believe

    April 30, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  16. Dennis

    I just want to know if gay marriage is OK if polygamy would be OK too.

    April 30, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  17. James P. P.

    I know that every person has a right to believe what they want. she can believe in man-woman marriage if she wants.

    she was in one of the most godless contests ever, 2/3 of which is based on superficiality. it's so wasteful... spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on clothes, glamor, fake jewelry, fake hair, fake breasts.... and yet she still sits there and not only thinks that God is smiling on her, but that he's please she passed his test.

    THAT is what makes her a hypocrite.

    the 'knife in the back' came when she stood on the backs of many MANY gay people who helped her in (let's be honest) one of the gayest events on television. hair, make-up, dress design, even management and coordination are all homo-infused to a pretty good degree. and yet... where she is willingly accepting their help, assistance, money, and use their talent to further her "career".... she STILL has the audacity to stand on stage, turn her back to every single one of them and announce to the world that her religious beliefs trump basic civil rights for gays and lesbians. at that moment she admitted that she freely took from the homo talent pool but saying that they are not deserving of equal rights??

    THAT made her a bigot.

    April 30, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  18. Joe

    she's not even all that pretty...

    April 30, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  19. T from MO

    The institution of marriage sanctified by government was created to promote reproduction in a sound family environment so those offspring can become contributing members of society. That is what is being protected.
    The reason for many taboos in a society is because of a mutual acceptance in a society that those things are harmful to that society. In the case of incest where reproduction between siblings is harmful to the gene pool we see that a taboo has a sociological reason for being taboo. Gay marriage is promotion of an action that, evolutionarily speaking, is harmful to a society because quality offspring cannot be produced in a family unit.
    Because I disagree that gay marriage should be legal does not mean I hate homosexuals. I disagree with its acceptance into society by way of legal marriage as much I disagree with the acceptance of adultery, pedophilia or incest. At some point, as a society, we will need to draw the line.

    April 30, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  20. Ron

    Since when is supporting gay marriage the politically correct stance? Who defines what is politically correct?

    As Miss California, it is argued that Carrie should represent the views of Californians, and not her own views. OK. Given that this is correct, the latest news from California is that the MAJORITY of voters are in favor of limiting marriage to heterosexuals only!

    So again, what is the problem here?

    April 30, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  21. Red by choice

    It seems that liberals are all for the First Amendment as long as your free speech aligns with their ideology.

    It seems that liberals are pro choice as long as your reproductive decisions with respect to number and timing of children align with theirs.

    Rather than equivocating or giving some veiled answer Miss California spoke her beliefs–which are congruent with a majority in California and most other states that have voted on the subject. Integrity is in short supply these days. While the media-amplified shrill shrieks coming from the left are deafening, people of courage and character must continue to speak their consciences. Volume and frequency of a point of view do not make it right. Thanks for your example, Miss California.

    April 30, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  22. Ancient River

    She thinks gay people have a "choice to be married " in the US and wasn't for it? Very current on the issues isn't she, Huh? Pathetic that the activist Right's few spokepeople are so ill informed and unknowledgeable. But you'd have to be to hold the opinions they do.

    April 30, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  23. a southern progressive

    i am going to go out on a limb here and say that no one blogging on here even watched the pageant.. i know i didnt..

    but i will also say this, for those who think she lost the beauty pageant because of this, according to the owner of the pageant, the heterosexual multiple married and i am sure adulterer donald trump says this is not the reason she lost.. so get informed to the truth for once in your life.

    but i guarantee, the next time she goes in to get her hair colored by her gay hairstylist.. she will come out with green hair.. lol

    April 30, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  24. Some Guy

    Cause if we let those gay people get married, they'll do all those disgusting things that they do like get up in the morning and go to work or grill some burgers or go to the movies or drive out to visit friends on the weekend. Or even watch Fox news. Yuck. They're such freaks. They're not like us. We gotta keep an eye on them so they don't destroy our society. Have a nice day!

    April 30, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  25. b

    "No offense?" Not quite. Denying people equal rights is kind of offensive.

    April 30, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
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