April 30th, 2009
02:09 PM ET
9 years ago

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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  1. Water board Coulter! We want the truth about that Adam's Apple!

    Unlike most posters who claim to be Dems on this thread, I really a gay man and I think Hilton was a p%*^k!

    He should remember the foul names he has been called in his lifetime, and yet, he does the same thing.

    Hilton should apologize and move on.

    April 30, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  2. Jeff

    She was asked what SHE thought about the issue and she responded what SHE thought. From my perspective, she is correct but she never stated that others had to agree with her.

    Frankly, we're allowing people with peculiar habits to dictate to society and that is the beginning of the end of our republic.

    April 30, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  3. LIP

    Why this question, from this individual and why to this particular contestant?
    Looks like maybe he had some insider information so he could ask his question, knowing the answer he would get back, so he could do his little video and ride his wave of fame for a few days of recognition.
    With that, he probably cost Miss California the title she worked hard to earn. In a society of inclusiveness, we tolerate all religions and opinions. Miss California gave the right answer. She accepts all people regardless of who they want to marry, and they should be recognized as all couples that marry, but she doesn't agree with the act. Nothing wrong in that; it was the correct answer if those are her beliefs and yet she was judged, tried and sentenced by this little has been jerk.

    April 30, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  4. Kevin McDonald

    Her comments about same-sex "marriage" were respectful and candid.

    Perez Hilton's were vulgar and demeaning. It is clear that the pro-family forces use civility and manners and the homosexualists use intimidation and insults.

    Good for her. Shame on the prissy thug Perez Hilton.

    Marriage is not a "right" as he wrongly claims. It is a privilege extended by the state and the state should follow the will of the people who that privilege gets extended to.

    April 30, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  5. tzipora

    "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."

    Well, those opposing racial integration were bigots! Brown made the comparison, not me. If the shoe fits...?

    April 30, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  6. Hellokitti

    I am at a loss as to what they fear from Gay Marriage. Would they please, any of them, explain this to me. "A storm is coming and I am afraid"... how much sillier can you get?

    April 30, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  7. florida indep

    I have no problem with her stance on gay marriage. The problem I have with her answer to the question was her initial hemming, hawing and fumbling for words. The clip showed someone supprised and inarticulate. If anything that is what cost her lower marks for that portion of the competition, and like one judge said she didn't know if Miss California had a lead going into the question phase. Personally, I think homosexuals should be able to make as much a fool of themselves by getting married as heterosexuals. Isn't the divorice rate over 50% now-a-days? I have a bigger problem with religious persons shoving their interpertation of what "God wants" up everybody elses butt based on one passage in a text that wasn't even written by the founder of their faith.

    April 30, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  8. fudge

    She must look beautiful on the outside, but what's on the inside is nothing but hateful, and disrepect towards others who are not equally as her. I wonder if she would feel same way if she had a brother, sisiter, cousin, uncle, who's gay, or black, or has an accent, and considered illegal, since everybody to them seems to be.
    What a waste Cnn. Pointless. in our days and times. We got wars, economy, health issue, and in midst of all of this the (GOP) who are to blame for all of this, are still dividing our country apart and using her as the scapegoat to scrifice for their political use.

    April 30, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  9. stephen in Victoria

    This ad campaign would not even be considered in Canada. Rightwing fringe groups don't have the financial backing, and something like this would be against the law. We have laws against hate speech in this country. This little girl should lose her crown. What is with you people?

    April 30, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  10. C.FL

    No offense, but NOM is being hypocritical. They are doing the exact same thing, attacking those that do not agree with their miguided views against civil rights.

    Regarding the question, Miss CA botched the answer beyond just the content. Miss NC was far more thoughtful in her response, even to the same question in post interviews, which is why Miss NC is our Miss USA–congratulations!

    April 30, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  11. rich

    Enough of this plastic queen! Can she stop the swine flu? I bet not.

    April 30, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  12. east

    I am so proud of you. You stood up for what you believe in.
    That's what is wrong with this country . We have lost all our morals. Not to mention our faith in God. Don't ever back down.

    April 30, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  13. Anthony

    I can understand some of the right wing groups saying that its not fair that the supporters of gay marriage are encouraged to voice their opinion, but if you oppose it, you are criticized. They need to realize that its not an equal argument. One side is saying "we are equals", the other is saying "we are NOT equals". Gays and other supporters of gay marriage just want a level playing field and to deny them that SHOULD be looked down upon. Its not attacking anyones religious rights, thats rediculous...legalized gay marriage would force anybody to say "being gay is not a sin", its your freedom to believe that if you chose. Its also your right to go on the internet or out in the street and spout all the hate you want....the KKK still does it BUT, you CAN NOT prevent someone from getting married based on their sexual orientation, thats not freedom of speech or believe, its the prevention of some ELSEs inalienable rights.

    I agree with one of the other people who said that the government should be out of the marriage business. Marriage is a religious institution. I dont see the the goverment baptizing people or confirming them, so why should they by marrying them. Te goverment should recognize civil unions for all and if you want to be married go to your preferred church.

    April 30, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  14. Aaron

    I think it is very simple, take the word "Marriage" out of the government. If you want to get "married" then go to a church. If you want to have joint finacing and other govenment benifits then get a civil union, gay or straight then go to a judge and get for legal purposes.

    April 30, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  15. pbdenver

    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.

    I am sorry that would have made them bigots...

    I am straight and married but I hate hypocrits.... I might consider coming back to the Catholic church when they let the Gay priest admit they are Gay and let straight Priest marry so they can have lives and be able to relate to the congrugation... MY God didn't Jesus say to treat every as you would like to be treated?

    April 30, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  16. Dennis White

    You GO Carrie Prejean !!
    You tell it the way it IS! Run for President, I'll vote for you!

    April 30, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  17. Pawalski

    Lets face it. Morality is on in the decline. For those who believe that gay marriage should be legalized then marriage should be a open to all. What about poligamy? Shouldn't that be a right to marry more than one person?

    Definition Morality: descriptively to refer to a code of conduct put forward by a society

    Poligamy, Gay Marriage, Abortion... All these Moral issues will no longer be set by a society but by the individual. We will be come a society without any MORALS!

    Only time may tell what will become of us based on a society without any morals.

    April 30, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  18. SP

    First, when did a moral issue enter the Ms America contest? Second, what does this have to with whether the contestant can twirl a batton or sing a song. Enough of this. It does not belog. Perez Hilton took advantage of the national stage to promote his own politcal agenda. The fact that he did not like her response is irrelevant to the voting of the contest Q: Did she answer the question in a well versed and logical manner? A:Yes. Move on. The minute that Perez Hilton is a voice of reason in our country is a time when we have to look at where we are going and realize that we have moved far away from our core values as Americans – hard work hard will be rewarded – not "talk about others hard work, and be rewarded" as Perez has.

    April 30, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  19. xenoc

    Its terrific to see how far this debate has come and that there is a real possibility that discrimination based on sexual orientation will fade into the dustbin of history along with other irrational inequities (based ons sex, race, religion, etc). Variety should be embraced and not feared and all people should have the opportunity be free and equal as this is what America was founded on and continues to make it a great country. It was also founded on freedom of speech so its important that all voices can be heard in this debate. Besides, there is no better argument against discrimination than hearing the opportunistic and poorly educated Ms California speak her mind!

    April 30, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  20. connie

    She was asked a question about same sex marriage by a gay man and he did not like what was answer so because who he is he has the power to destroy someone who said what she believes and yes it didn't agree with his beliefs. If they are going to legalize same sex marriage then they need to legalize all different marriages not just same sex now that is being a bigot if it just the same sex marriage. they need legalize multiple partners, if a man wants to marry his dog etc so be careful for you wish for.

    April 30, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  21. Lila Bollmann

    I am a hetrosexual woman of faith and God's commandment is very clear to me. Love one another as I love you. There are no "post scripts" in that statment.

    It wasn't that long ago (the 1960's) that people of different races could not marry. The United States finally woke up on that issue and I PRAY they do the same about same sex marriage.

    This is a country based on equality for ALL.

    April 30, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  22. Markus

    I love that you libs and dems are so hateful and then try and talk about being tolerant! At least for the time being she, just like you, should be able to express her opinion and not be ripped to shred for it. Libs= hypocrits, if you ask me.

    April 30, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  23. ran

    They are bigots and like the 60-70's we will have to fight for everyone's right to live their life as they see fit. It is a simple solution to this issue and to abortions: If you don't' believe in either then do not have either but do not tell others what they should do.

    These issues do not belong in our politics. They are individual decisions and should be left to each person to decide what is best for themselves. This is the main reason the Republicans are going to continue to be a party of exclusion and will continue their own destruction if they do not give up trying to legislate morality.

    April 30, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  24. ve

    Talking about rights to chose. Have we ever asked ourselves whether babies want to be raised in homosexual families? Oh, sorry, babies don't have rights.

    April 30, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  25. Lori, Houston Texas

    Actually, what Ms. Prejean said was "Ya know what? In MY COUNTRY and in my family I think that I believe that a marriage should be between a man and a woman, no offense....". There would be no issue here if she just said that was what she believed for her own family. But for her to claim it's best for the whole country to treat GLBTs unequally is flat out un-American under OUR Consitution. She and other anti-gay groups want to see many Americans treated differently based on their religion. I understand homosexuality is illegal in Iran. Perhaps Ms. Prejean and her religious friends would be happier there.

    April 30, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
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