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. Mark - Berwyn, PA

    Gay activists should shut their traps. You are an embarrassment to our country. If you don't like it here, move to Iraq or some other hell hole where you aren't even allowed to say you're gay without facing a fate much worse than not being allowed to marry! Get off your high horses and shut up.

    Gays appear to want superior rights than every one else, not just equal rights. This issue of gay marriage is absurd and foolish. It's simply meaningless and a power play for gay rights activists.

    Good for someone (Miss CA) to voice their opinion, however I guess freedom of speech in the gay community means you are only free to say what they want you to say.

    And Perez Hilton, or whatever your real name is, crawl back in the hole you came from and belong.

    April 30, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  2. Char

    She has a right to her opinion as well as everyone else. If Mr. Hilton did not like her answer then she should have not been asked the question. It is good to know that she can give her honest true opinion on the subject and can stand by what she believes in.

    April 30, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  3. Michael

    People are bigots if they think the rights given to one group should be denied to another simply because they don't like them.

    April 30, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  4. Heather

    She didn't lose the pageant because she spoke her beliefs and they weren't what the judge wanted to hear. She lost the pageant because in speaking her beliefs, she proved herself to be completely inarticulate and incapable of forming a single coherent sentence. She proved herself to be an utter airhead.

    April 30, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  5. Myassis Dragon

    Didn't I read just a week ago that the Republican Party wants to now embrace same sex marriage in an attempt to add them as voters? Funny that they can't remember what they say from week to week.

    April 30, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  6. Sarah

    "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."

    I am a woman getting married to a man and we are both athiests. Nobody is protesting or right to get married. I'm sure athiesm isn't accepted in the bible. How come we can get married then? Our marriage will have no religious affiliation but yet we are able to get married and two men or women who love each other can't? If you're trying to protect faith communities doesn't this not make sense then? I mean we have NO faith.

    People will word for word follow the bible which should be a guideline not a mapped out plan of how to live your life as a good person. Wasn't there murder and venegance and some pretty sick and dark twisted parts of the bible? What do you just pick and choose which parts of the bible to enforce and to follow?

    I accept that people have different opinions and they have the right and freedom to their beliefs. We are raising our children athiest, but teaching them about all the religions out there and if a religion speaks to them then it speaks to them, it is their choice. But when you actively campaign against other people's rights and beliefs that is where you cross a line.

    April 30, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  7. TexasRiguez

    The issue for Christians is the "Term" Marriage. The definition of the word.. this is a thousand year old concept rooted in Genesis. It is a ritual ordained by God that ties a man and a woman together for life...Granted sometimes it doesn't work out, but the "word" is sacred. Gays simply must find another word to use..A stone cannot be called water just because someone wants to change the meaning of the term. "Marriage" belongs to the church, as defined by the church..Define another term for Gays and nobody has a problem.."Marriage" belongs to Men and Women, period

    April 30, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  8. C-hetero from NYC

    Also – let her talk .... I do believe in the contest of ideas. She just highlights single minded ignorance. I look forward to the day her knowledge and understanding grows.

    April 30, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  9. Dimslie

    "Gay marriage" is the prime example of why one should never engage in a debate about something that is ridiculous on its face. The mere willingness to discuss it lends it a credibility that both parties intuitively know does not exist. The answer to the charge of "discrimination" is that homosexuals are not discriminated against in marriage. Homosexuals marry every day. The ex-governor of New Jersey was both a homosexual and married. Ariana Huffington's husband was both homosexual and married (though in that case one may have caused the other). In fact, two homosexuals can marry each other as long as one is a man and the other a woman. The idea of "gay marriage" has two purposes: (1) to give people monetary rights that they are not entitled to; and, (2) to force normal people to endorse homosexuality. Those who are willing to equate what goes on in the men's room of their local bus station with marital sex are its fair game.

    April 30, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  10. Pat

    1) Why not allow civil unions for same sex couples and then 2) leave the definition of marriage and union between man and woman? Seems like a compromise for both parties.

    But also, everyone needs to be a little less critical of this girl and stop making it a political issue. This country has freedom of speech, she said politely – no offense, but this is what I believe. Stopping making such a big issue of this non story. Liberals have had your 15 minutes of moaning about it, move on.

    April 30, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  11. Bill Christman

    Carrie was asked a question that demanded candor. If you don't want a straight answer (excuse the pun), don't ask the question. If all is ever heard is a dismal response that any one could make without any controversy, then ask only "Blah, blah, blah" questions. I appreciate someone who answers questions honestly. You can trust them, even if you can't agree with them.

    April 30, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  12. JanetD

    She said her mind......now there are the repercussions. I don't agree with her, her position is closed-minded.

    If the National Organization of Marriage wants to do something.....try lowering the divorce rate.

    April 30, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  13. Bob

    Wow! I can’t believe how many people are so spiteful against those of us that believe that same-sex marriage is morally wrong. What kind of moral fiber do we actually have as a country? It has been amazing to see the morals of our society erode like it has over the past 40 years (a lot of this can be contributed to the control of media and Hollywood by the liberal left). I fear what we as a nation will look like in the next 40 and that is why so many of us are drawing the line in the sand and standing up for what we believe is right.

    April 30, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  14. Frozone

    During segregation, a classic defense for Jim Crow laws was to call the other side prejudiced against the South or Southern values. Today's anti-gay, Christian bigots employ the same tactics as the Southern segregationists. They are not fooling anyone. History will remember their bigotry for what it is.

    April 30, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  15. mk

    When did this country deny the free speech rights of people who don't have "politically correct" opinions???? Scary.

    April 30, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  16. marlon jackson

    In response to the issue regarding same sex marriage. I am totally in agreement with, Ms. Prejean. The Bible which is God's word to man clearly defines that marriage is between a man and a woman. It's man who always to change what God has already established and is a foundational truth. There should be no hatered by christians of those that believe otherwise. God will judge each man or woman on how we live here and treat one another. The Bible says God is Love.

    April 30, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  17. Randy

    I am so proud of this young lady for standing up for what is right. I admire her and have the utmost respect for her. I wish her the best in life, and ask her to remember she has God on her side. And has for hilton he/she needs some serious help.

    April 30, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  18. Dave

    How can Perez Hilton judge a female contest when is is openly gay, hates women, and loves men? Isn't his kind of stupid?

    April 30, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  19. StarTrace

    Why are people making this an issue of religion? It is an issue of Freedom of speech. She has a right of speech just as others. What has happend to freedom of speech?

    April 30, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  20. Kevin

    One more note:

    She referred to heterosexual marriage as "Opposite Marriage" in her moderately inarticulate answer. She seemed nervous and unconfident as well as she answered. Both of these things probably played more into her not winning the crown. My bigger question is why is nobody defending the winner as being deserving. Was her answer worse than Miss California's? Does she have a giant mole on her forehead or something? It seems that Miss California has turned this moment into a giant cash cow that no "runner-up" has ever done before. She should be thanking Perez Hilton for turning her into the celebrity she no doubt longs to be. I never would have known about it had she not made such a big deal about it and after seeing her stumble through the answer it feels like she's looking for someone to blame rather than owning up to her own deficiencies.

    April 30, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  21. vinny

    This 20% of people that support gay marriage are acting like fascists. You DO have equal rights. Your comparisons to slavery are ridiculous, uninformed and offensive. Quit wanting special rights. In fact, please shut up, and live your normal life. Quit harassing people, and calling names. Perez Hilton should be unemployed or work at a drive-thru. How is he even on TV? What a joke.

    April 30, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  22. Dale

    The bigot here is Perez Hilton and the rest of the gay community that supports his view. Ms. California has every right to believe what she wants and voice her opinion. That's what this country is all about. For these biased and bigoted people to condemn her shows their ignorance and intolerance.

    April 30, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  23. Richard Kefalos

    "that's how I was raised and that's how I think that it should be."

    She really is an idiot. If everybody thought like that the women would still be chewing animal skins to make clothes, and the men would still chase wildlife with wooden clubs. But she is perfect for the idiotic right-wingnuts who think the same way, that absolute truth is how *they* were raised so everybody has to conform to them. Morons.

    April 30, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  24. David, CA

    Ummm so let me get this right christian nazis you say, "Gay marriage activists attack people for supporting marriage because they don't want to debate the consequences of same-sex marriage"

    Didn't the NOM crowd and the like CONSTANTLY LIE, STEREOTYPE, and VILIFY gays and lesbians to pass Prop 8 while all the while those against prop 8 asked for any proof, any SHRED OF EVIDENCE that gay marriage would harm "traditional marriage" (you know the type with a man and woman where you can get divorced, beat your wife, or cheat on your spouse) So far they haven't provided ANY TRUE EVIDENCE of these "consequences". All they can do is hate and lie and spread fear. Jesus would NOT be pleased.

    April 30, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  25. Dee Dee

    What's the big deal if gays gets married. It won't make me loose my job, or house. They will be much more happy and the wedding industry will boom....I love weddings!!!

    April 30, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
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