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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soundoff (309 Responses)
  1. Leah

    First of all, she did NOT lose because of that.
    Second, how DARE they say they are trying to protect "their liberties."
    That is such hypocrisy. And.......they are being accused of bigots because they are ARE bigots.

    April 30, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  2. Karnivor

    I must admit that Miss CA had the guts to speak what SHE feels to be her belief. I don't agree with it, but she has a right to have that view as an American.

    My point, and I believe many others is how does same sex marriage affect my marriage. The last time I remember a marriage is between two people, not two people and the government or any other special interest group be they left or right wing. I believe that the only threat to marriage in this country is divorce...think about that!

    April 30, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  3. GM from MN

    The Anti-Gay marriage people need to keep their religion out of our government.

    If you don't want them to get married in your faiths church (or respective place of worship) thats your religions choice.

    However religion doesn't trump equal rights.

    April 30, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  4. Mike Sk in Toronto

    So now she an political activist. Why do the right wing always use beauty queens and plumbers to get there message across to the general public? Didn't they learn from the last election that does not work...so now we got a beauty queen trying to force her views on other people. We have gay marriage in Canada for years now and sorry the world has not ended and straight couples are still getting married and pastors are not forced to perform gay ceremonies.

    April 30, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  5. Steve

    More power to you girl

    April 30, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  6. Mari( maybe one of my comments will be posted)

    One more thing.......... WHY is it that Miss California does not have Freedom of Speech? Every American citizen can speak and say whatever they want.......... whether we agree with it or not.

    When we start to want to silence one another we are headed down a very dangerous road!

    April 30, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  7. Spelmanite08

    I lost respect for Ms. Prejean as fast as she earned it. Why would she ruin her life by going the GOP route? Maybe Perez Hilton was right about her being dumb!

    April 30, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  8. Pete in Texas

    The judge "sucker punched" Prejean. He knew what her answer would be before he asked the question.

    April 30, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  9. TEENAGER

    This is retarded (to put it simply). She said it is great that we get to choose but she thinks that for herself heterosexual marrige is the way to go! She is not close minded. She stood up for what she believed in just like all of you are standing up for gay marrige! Leave it to America (where we are so proud of freedom of speech) to be offended by someone using that right to speak her mind!!! Get off her back. She is a good person.

    April 30, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  10. Jay

    You know why there will be consequences? Ask yourself where you came from? If you say a monkey, then you are totally misguided and "lost". Come on people...wake up and smell the coffee. This country is fundamentally a Christian Country let us not discount this notion.

    Why should Miss. California be hammered for saying what she believes in? So, you critics out there...whe was polite and she only expressed her views. Why are you all going off on a tangent?

    Marriage should be between two people. This is right, but why are you leaving out the fact that it is between a man and a woman. How can two people of the same gender have children or offspring? If you want to promote this idea, then manklind will eventually go EXTINCT.

    People you need to learn a lesson from ANIMALS...even animals have the proper instinct to mate the opposites.

    Miss. California did not condemn anyone, and neither do I intend to do that.

    True Christians = ACCEPTANCE, LOVE, FORGIVENESS.

    All things are permissible, but only a few things are acceptable. America needs to stand up for what is RIGHT, and not what is viewed as ACCEPTABLE.

    April 30, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  11. James P.

    you can't use the homosexual marriage = polygamy argument. i'm sorry. polygamy is more biblical than one man one woman marriage. it was sanctioned by God himself... LOL.

    just because something against someone's religion doesn't mean it can't also be secularly legal. abortion, smoking, getting drunk, sex before marriage, watching rated "R" movies, divorce, etc. are all legal activities, but any real Christian with real bible values would run from these activities.

    in no place is there an argument for someone to give up a religious belief... this is a civil, secular argument – and why a person's religion is taking control over what we can and cannot do is baffling.

    (as a side not... i'm not sure where the gay marriage = polygamy, bestiality, etc. comes from. it's a little absurd. polygamy is disgraceful to women and animals don't pay taxes... so... lost arguments – the both of them... LOL)

    April 30, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  12. Just say No

    I seem to remember an old United States of America where it was allowed and expected to express an honest opinion. Why is suddenly hateful to be honest? She did not say anything hateful! I see more hate on this string than I've seen in years. Discrimination is a 2 way street and so is hate. It is hateful and dishonest to criticize anyone for expressing an opinion, especially when asked directly. God save America, we are really screwing it up now!

    April 30, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  13. Ron In California

    Why anybody would give Perez Hilton any attention is beyond me. He is a dud. I really don't care about the Gay marriage issue. But I voted for Prop 8 in california because the Gay community continues to put forth as advocates the whack jobs who say and do outrageous things. Perez hilton is the poster boy for my point.

    The same might be said of those who are opposed to Gay marriage but at least they are supporting a long standing religious and civil institution.

    Just because you have a different point of view does not make one a bigot. If any group shows intolerence, it is the Gay community.

    April 30, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  14. Further

    "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." The exact excuse given fifty years ago except maybe they didn't add the part about "no offense."

    April 30, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  15. Chris

    It's hard to take any of this seriously when the divorce rate is so high.
    It's so hypocritical to hear anyone try and talk seriously about the sanctity of marriage between man/women when they themselves are probably on his/her 3rd marriage. Grow up people! If you’re so pro marriage, then stay married to the same person!

    April 30, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  16. Jake

    Dear Religious Extreme,

    Perez Hilton is a homosexual.
    NOT the voice of the entire homosexual community.

    April 30, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  17. Hypocrites

    You are all a bunch of disingenuous hypocrites. This discourse from the group who “demand” tolerance and acceptance. Did it ever occur to you that the majority of people who voted against Prop 8 didn’t do so because of their dislike for gay’s and lesbians? YOU made it about “hate”. YOU made it about attacking and defaming anyone and everyone who didn’t “agree” with your point of view. YOU turned it into intolerance and shameful behavior. YOU have discredited your cause all by yourself. After your shameful attacks on Miss Calif, the same type of attacks you rally against when levied upon YOU, you lost any credit or respect you may have had. Get a life.

    April 30, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  18. eap

    "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."

    Could it be that he's worried about it, because its exactly the same issue? Bigots they are, they just don't want to face the truth.

    April 30, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  19. S Callahan

    I'm an all for this ad....NYS had a showing of those who support same sex marriage...only 2000 showed up...a pittance to the population.
    Don't get me wrong...I love everyone, as God commands and I don't judge their choice which they are 'personally' responsible for...but as a person of faith..there is a line drawn when it infringes on our rights..and that is divine rights...Marriage is define as between a man and woman...clearly...and the states have no buisness in regulating marriage...because it is the church that ordains marriage....
    NOT ON OUR WATCH!

    April 30, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  20. Kim in Arizona, FOR NOW

    I am sorry, did I miss something??? I dont EVER remember the gay marriage rights folks saying they refuse to talk about the bad things that their marriage causes. What I DO remember however, is the loons against gay marriage lying, making up stories about what happens, and NEVER EVER being able to document these ignorant rants, or ever ever ever prove a SINGLE thing they were saying. Its clear that the more states that allow the marriage the more desperate and more ridiculus these bible thimpers get. Its sad. OH and FYI, she LOST!!! It was NOT because of this answer, its because she was NEVER in first place, all the judges have come forward and said this, at times she was in THIRD! Shes a whining typical right wingnut!

    April 30, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  21. Zivo24

    I also want to thank Carrie Prejean for sharing her views.

    She has taken and inane and incoherent regurgitation of rhetoric to the question she was asked at the pageant and turned into a parasitic opportunity to enrich herself.

    The silving lining is that she is unwittingly exposing the complete lack of legal or ethical foundation for denying gay couples marital equality.

    What she effectively said that night in response to Hilton's question was, "my views and values are more important than your civil and constitutional rights".

    Well, Carrie, you may not see how wrong you are on that...but the vapidity of your response has made millions of others see it.

    April 30, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  22. docholliday

    All the focus is on Ms Prejean? CNN failed to mention Hiltons' post-ceremony outbursts and nasty name calling on his personal blog sight – out the view of cameras and the media. What a spectacle. Another socialist "don't do as I do, do as I say" mantra chant.

    This is nothing but "rammed down the throat" gay activism. "Our way, or the highway". Anyone who disagrees is a gay-bashing Nazi? You people actually believe this?

    And since when does 5% of the population dictate what "normal" is to the remaining 95% of the population.? Why give these people, who represent such an insignificant part of our society, all the spotlight and all the media attention, telling us what we should do with our children, our lives, and our beliefs?.

    Yeah right – a nice healthy lifestyle we should all accomodate without question. Not like they even deserve it.

    Are Americans capable of filtering out this nonsense anymore? Always falling for the activists agenda, like lemmings. Puh-lease.

    April 30, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  23. Nathan

    The vitriol in these comments is pretty amazing. A kid expressed her opinion, which, more than half the country agrees with, and you attack her like she is Hitler. If she hurt your feelings then get over it you will be just fine.

    April 30, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  24. C-hetero from NYC

    "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, if the shoe fits .... I was born catholic, but my spirituality derives from the truth I've been able to surmise on my own after being taught by "well intentioned" mortal servants of my faith using the story of Christ's life – the tolerance and love I've come to know, do not mesh with these people. I disagree with them and pray for them daily. I hope one day we are able to be less afraid of each other and more willing to recognize "all" the beauty around us, including when same sex couples choose dedicate their lives to each other and celebrate their marital unions. I support same sex marriages.

    April 30, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  25. Oh Boy!!!???

    Just change the freakin word to Hitched or something.

    I see nothing wrong with two people who want to love/live together for the rest of their lives. Just give it a different name. Allow the ceremony, allow the rights, I say let the religious keep their word and just give the gay one something else to make folks happy.

    Why try so hard for approval by a group that shuns them.

    Instead of Marry and Mariage, let's go with Gary, Garried, Gariage or Carry, Carried, and Cariage. Anything, PLEASE!

    Make this topic just go away already!!!!!

    April 30, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
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