April 29th, 2009
05:59 PM ET
14 years ago

Miss California to star in TV ad from conservative group

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/04/29/art.youtube.gi.jpg caption="The group's last ad, 'A Gathering Storm,' came out earlier this month."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - Carrie Prejean, the Miss USA contestant from California who famously declared her opposition to same sex marriage on the pageant stage, will star in a new $1.5 million ad campaign funded by the National Organization for Marriage.

Prejean was roasted by same-sex marriage advocates after she stood up for what she called "opposite marriage" (marriage between a man and a woman) when responding to a question from celebrity blogger Perez Hilton during the pageant. But she's also become a fresh-faced standard-bearer for the same-sex marriage opponents, who have rallied to her defense.

The National Organziation for Marriage has scheduled a press conference with Prejean in Washington on Thursday to unveil the new ad, called "No Offense."

"She is attacked viciously for having the courage to speak up for her truth and her values," the group said in a press release. "But Carrie's courage inspired a whole nation and a whole generation of young people because she chose to risk the Miss USA crown rather than be silent about her deepest moral values."

According to the group, the ad will call "gay marriage advocates to account for their unwillingness to debate the real issue: gay marriage has consequences."

The Miss California TV ad is the group's second. Their first, called "A Gathering Storm," ran in several states earlier and featured actors issuing ominous warnings about the threats posed by same-sex marriage.

Filed under: Same-sex marriage
soundoff (358 Responses)
  1. Larry

    These moronic religious zealots do not understand the difference between a marriage sanctioned by their religion and a marriage sanctioned by the state. They can restrict marrige under their religion if they want but, in a land of equal rights for all, they should not and must not be able to restrict who can get married under the law. The good news is that , if these nut jobs are correct and there is a wise and just supreme being, they will all get to spend eternity in Hell.

    April 29, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  2. EO

    I agree wholeheartedly with Carrie, marraiage indeed is by definition and by the Bible is a between a man and a woman, anyone that says otherwise, needs to go back thier respective mothers and ask, why she conceived them through her male partner.

    If everyone is gay or a lesbian, how do they think they were given life??A straight woman gave them life.

    I am neither a Republican nor a Democrat. but yes, yes, yes, a marriage is indeed between a man a woman.

    April 29, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  3. witch

    I wish someone could explain to me why they are so afraid of same sex marriage? I don't see why it would affect hetros marriages. Maybe they should just mind their own business and tend to their own lives. I am tired of having someone push their values on me.It is not my business or theirs.

    April 29, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  4. dennisk

    Ms. Prejean seems like a nice person, if slightly dim-witted based on her inability to speak extemporaneously. I would bet that she would not like to be told that her choice of mate, or religion, or political party makes her less of a citizen, so what can we make of her opposition to others having the same rights, other than that she is a bigot?
    At some point, our country will have to reconstruct and fortify the wall that separates church and state. Some issues are the purview of religion and some are not. Affording citizens equal rights under the law is one that is clearly not.

    April 29, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  5. Pete Caloger

    Carrie's response to the question at the pageant was both thoughtful and respectful. It's a shame that her words will be used by the same types who terrorized our nation into abandoning the Equal Rights Amendment. Keep it up, conservatives and republicans, your big tent is turning into a fortified bunker.

    April 29, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  6. Jessica

    I am PROUD of you Hun! Rest assure, Despite the pagent is unhappy with you....I can assure you your nation and myself is proud to know that you stood your ground, your opinion matters. You were right to speak your opinion. Its against God. How can we run a "NATION UNDER GOD" if we approve gay marriage laws???? Keep your chin up , your not alone. Your one of the few beautiful model-type women that state their true feelings w/o worry of being knocked to the bottom of the beauty pool.

    April 29, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  7. Nurse Ratchet

    There is nothing moral about denying your fellow adult Americans the same rights you have. Mind your own business and go protest adultry, the real threat to your marriage.

    April 29, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  8. Julie

    You go girl!!! You will be rewarded for your boldness and faith!

    April 29, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
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