April 30th, 2009
02:09 PM ET
6 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. Rick

    Miss California is the winner in my book.

    April 30, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  2. Sniffit

    Beauty is only skin deep and stupid is pervasive.

    Tell us something we don't know.

    April 30, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  3. Qui-Tam Relator

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    And these are people we should listen to, what are we NUTS ! The people in show business are so out of touch with reality, they say things that sound as if they come from the garbage movies that they churn out to the public as if they really know. Unfortunutly when people become rich over night they tend to forget the reality and the struggles that the common person goes through in this country on a day to day basis and by the way I know a lot of you so don't even go there ! ****************************************************************

    April 30, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  4. Greg from MA

    "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."

    That's because they are bigots. Sometimes the truth hurts.

    April 30, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  5. jarrudy

    The minute that the government started handing out tax breaks and other legal benefits to people who had performed this religious ritual (ie gotten married), they blurred the line between church and state. Of course other groups than what religion defines are going to want those same benefits. I say religion started this, so now they can choke on it. Further, when you can go to a courthouse and get a marriage certificate without any religious ritual being performed at all, the government opened the door for this. Either separate church and state again and do not allow legal benefits to married couples, or allow all definitions of couples to marry. You can't have it both ways.

    April 30, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  6. Steve

    I hold Perez Hilton responsible for making this dimbulb bigot a star.

    April 30, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  7. Francisco

    Since when as "Americans" do we ever consider that the answers coming out of the mouth of a Beauty Pageant contestant as significant. What beauty contestant do you know that somehow has made a significant contribution in Science, Math, etc to this country?

    We should take her answer for what it was...a 30 second answer to cover both sides of the questions....sure she flop in her delivery...her beliefs are her beliefs....these women are selected for their external superficial beauty and not for their ability to understand the difference between religion and civil equality. So please give her a break...she was bred and raise to be pretty...she does not need to think.
    The unfortunate thing is that she is now been used by both sides of the conflict....and she is not intelligent enough to realize it.

    April 30, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  8. Pete

    I'm curious as to how exactly "traditional marriage" is threatened by gay marriage? If gay marriage is legalized, straight couples will still be able to get married, no?

    I wonder if someone researched articles from the 50's and 60's protesting inter-racial marriage, would they find the same phrases, rhetoric, and Bible verses that are being used in today's debate.

    April 30, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  9. Matt

    Bigots always hide behind politics and religion. Doesn't change the fact that they are still bigots. Argue away.....

    April 30, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  10. Kara Watkins

    Marriage and religion/faith are two different institutes. To combine them in this way you would have to also oppose atheist getting married. I am an athiast should I not be allowed to be married?

    April 30, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  11. bill b. from Stratford,Ct

    O here we go, the right wing nuts are going to use her like a puppet to get their point across. Honestly, who in their right mind cares what someone else thinks about someone else life. What people do in their personal life shouldn't matter to anyone else as long as their not hurting anyone who the ( F ) cares. That was her opinion so what, get a life people. Gay, straight, Bi, if that's what floats your boat, be HAPPY, life is to short for all this crap.

    April 30, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  12. Luis

    To all the gay marriage proponents: don't turn on the oven if you can't take the heat!!! It was PerezHilton who asked the question about her beliefs. She just answered back with honesty, and she is entitled to that whether you like it or not. It is a controversial issue and obviously not everyone will agree with you. Grow up.

    April 30, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  13. shucks

    And those consequenses would be? That if gay marriage was approved that it would decrease promiscuity among gay people? That it would allow many children who need an adoptive home to have the opportunity? That just maybe the heterosexual community might learn a thing or two about how to make a marriage work considering that the divorce / separation rate among committed gay people is about 1/2 of heterosexuals? Or maybe it would eliminate some of the hatred and divisiveness that the religious right has made out of this issue with their misconceptions and out right lies? I think maybe all of these organizations that make it their primary goal to deny the rights of other Americans should have to pay taxes. As they are no longer religions, just cult members trying to force their beliefs on Americans who voted for change, and that change meant equal rights for all. It's coming folks, it is just a matter of time before the constitutionality of denying the rights of gay Americans to marry will be eliminated in our society. At that time the religious right should be offered the option of leaving the country, or just offing themselves.

    April 30, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  14. Robert

    "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."

    That's because it is the same thing!

    I'm a married straight man and fail to see why these religious fanatics are so threatened by two men or two women getting married. Wake up and smell the repression.

    And as for the whole polygamy thing, as long as it's consenting adults (not 12 year old girls) who really cares.

    We all need to concentrate on living our own lives and let others do the same!!!

    April 30, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  15. Kentucky

    It was just as wrong to try to destroy Carrie Prejean's career, because of her views, as it was to try to destroy the Dixie Chicks because of their views. I hope that the left does not do to Carrie Prejean what the right did to the Dixie Chicks. I hope that people do not burn pictures of her or threaten her life or hold mass protests to smear her name. Carrie should not be punished for speaking her thoughts. In America ,we have the right to Think, and we have the right to speak what we Think. I remember watching Fox News commentators say that it was OK to punish people for their thoughts during the Dixie Chick episode, but now they seen to have reversed their opinion. The left should not reverse their opinion. The left should support Carrie's right to speak her opinion.

    April 30, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  16. Swarn Gill

    I don't understand why people say that liberals don't like it when people have "opposing views". Logically speaking...if someone says they oppose gay marriage, and someone supports gay marriage, that actually isn't opposing views. Someone who supports gay marriage actually supports marriage between any two people who love each other and want to commit to each other. Opposing gay marriage means you only allow a particular group of people to enjoy that priviledge. If someone says I only want white people to drink at a water fountain, then the opposing view is that only black people drink at the fountain. Liberals would generally want all people to be able to drink at that fountain. So there is a distinct difference between groups who say rights only belong to some as opposed to a group who says rights should be enjoyed by all. Yes conservative groups that is why you are being labeled as bigots. Because you kind of are.

    Also the person who said that marriage was made to be only between a man and woman because of evolutionary advantages is way out to lunch. It might make some sense if we were down to about 100,000 people or something. But let's be realistic. Actually adultery has been shown to be a natural part of evolution. Our evolutionary anscestory actually commit quite a bit of adultery. Society do what it wants to adultery...it's still going to happen. Incest by the way is a definite evolutionary trait that is not preferred. In fact society didn't need to make it taboo, we are naturally drawn away from incest. One might argue that the only reason why it still goes on, is because society has made it taboo and people get off on that.

    The definition of marriage has changed so much over the course of human history. Why would it not keep evolving?

    April 30, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  17. BrooklynDude

    All she had to say is that she is in agreement with President Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and vice president Joe Biden who all believe that marriage is between a man and a woman....

    End of Debate.

    And since when does a gay guy who hates women and makes a living making fun of women's bodies get to be a beauty pageant judge anyway?
    Who cares what he thinks.

    April 30, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  18. Ancient River

    If heterosexuals do not beleive in what New Mexico now calls Marriage Equality, then I suggest they not marry someone of the same sex. That way they can be even more virtuous for passing up that temptation, which they must feel it is to be so threatened by it. Happy people don't deny others their rights. But frustrated people who are not being allowed to be themselves most often do. Where there is smoke there's fire. Why would it trouble them so much otherwise?

    April 30, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  19. Mari( maybe one of my comments will be posted)

    ********* CNN please post**************************************

    For centuries the Church has defined marriage between a man and a woman. Long...... long before the government got involved with issuing marriage licenses.

    Why can't the LGBT community be satisfied with Civil marriage? Which is secular? The people who do not have religious beliefs get married and if it is by a justice of the peace, its still viewed as marriage but a Civil one.

    Society's beliefs and values can change but not so the laws of God.

    God does not hate....... and just because I, a Liberal & Democrat, do not believe that Gays should marry does not make me a hater.

    Again why is a Civil union not enough? Peace.

    April 30, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  20. Larry

    These anti same sex marrige religious zealots don't understand the difference between a religious marriage and a state sanctioned marriage. Within their religion, they can make up their own stupid rules. However, when it comes to a state sanctioned marriage, they must not interfere with what should be the law in every state: No discrimination based on race, creed, color or sexual orientation. Unfortunately these religious nuts have been around for centuries and since it is not okay to persecute jewish or black people to get others to rally around their cause, they are now aiming their misguided wrath at the gay community.

    April 30, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  21. bryan fl

    a 1.5 million dollar campaign that fights same sex marriages is ridiculous. That is a waste of time and money especially during these times.

    April 30, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  22. ch

    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.
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    People who opposed racial integration WERE bigots!

    These whack jobs need to stop hiding behind religion to justify their ignorance.

    April 30, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  23. Melissa

    Actually, Obama said last night that he supports gay marriage during his press conference. He also said that he supports abortion. Saying otherwise is uninformed.

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

    I can see the progressive left has put gay marriage on the agenda. It does it only to tear down the American traditons and beliefs. The far left does not really care about gay marriage just another agenda to destroy American traditions and beliefs. And most of you are going for it. Shame on you for such a socialist mindset.

    April 30, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  25. kassie

    (Dennis white: April 30th, 2009 11:08 am ET

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

    OH MAN! This shows your lack of brains. You belong on a different planet with sarah palin and the likes ruling. Leave our beautiful planet alone.

    Gay marriage: A commited relationship between 2 adult individuals as against polygamy where women are often mistreated and oppressed.

    For you idiots who think you are so morally superior, you are usually the ones who cheat on your wives with a gay prostitute because it is hard to cheat your natural, god given orientation.

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