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. Jake

    because "A Gathering Storm" was so successful!? it was a joke and became a laugh stocking on the web. So Miss California, we're looking forward to laughing at YOU some more! what a joke! Intolerence for specific groups of people is enough reason to strip her crown!

    April 29, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  2. Samuel

    What courage? And she didn't inspire a whole nation or a whole generation. Susan Boyle was much more inspirational on Britain's Got Talent.

    April 29, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  3. Jason

    Two words – Anita Bryant

    April 29, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  4. Melissa

    And the Republicans STILL don't get it. Hello... anybody home in those noggins of yours? Continuing to push this mindset isn't gaining you anything. Are you there?

    April 29, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  5. mona

    No...really!?!!!! I am shocked. After her response at Miss USA....no one could have foreseen this coming. Whatever.

    April 29, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  6. tim

    maybe her, Sean Haggerty, Bill-O, and Rush can get together and sing songs and talk about the good-old days when we spent like kids and ran up our debt.

    Sean Hannity.... what a joke of a man. I heard him on the radio yesterday and he is simply a joke.

    April 29, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  7. Matt

    Am I the only one amused by fact that the National Organization for Marriage is opposed to marriage (albeit gay marriage.)

    April 29, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  8. MatthewDetroit

    Good for her. They ask her a question and she gives an honest answer. Then they roast her for her beliefs. Great media.

    Lets all just get brainwashed in the hollywood mentality.

    Politics, where people lie to get a head.

    April 29, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  9. J.P.

    Pageant contestant speaks her mind when asked, and lays her politically incorrect convictions on the line, essentially throwing her shot at the title. Media response: She is lambasted for sticking to her guns and standing behind her beliefs.

    Six term senator stops sticking his finger in the eye of those who voted for him for more than three decades by officially switching parties, stating his "convictions" forced him. Media response: "He's a man of integrity who stood up against others when it was not popular for him to do so."

    Media Fail.
    Integrity Fail.

    April 29, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  10. Al-NY,NY

    Funny. I havent seen that ad in my area. Why? Because the zealots and haters know it's a waste of their money. Spend it where the people are white, christian, and hate anyone who isn't

    April 29, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  11. gobama

    Another bright idea by the party of no.

    April 29, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  12. Kevin

    please ... please ... PLEASE TELL ME ... what are these so-called "consequences" of gay marriage!?!?!

    why doesn't the National Organization for Marriage focus on the "consequences" of DIVORCE in heterosexual marriages?!?!?!

    April 29, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  13. Greg in Colorado

    Like this is a big surprise!!!!!!! An idiot signing on with the morons.... makes sense to me!!! She is going to be the mauder for the conservative christian right which by the way is a sinking ship. Good luck Anita Bryant wannabe.

    April 29, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  14. Barb

    This shows how desperate the GOP's are. They are grasping at any straw they can get.

    April 29, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  15. Simpliticus

    Well, of course! Get a glamorous looking agent to spout your diatribes and you get a "spokesmodel". Just hopes she doesn't become a "spooksmodel" as well!

    April 29, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  16. mona

    On another note, I'm amused at how the conservatives use the word "risk" the Miss USA crown rather than be silent. It's an insult to those who "risk" their lives for this country from soldiers, to police, to fireman etc. She risked her crown....poor Miss California

    April 29, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  17. Laremy, ND

    It's the president's 100th day. Do we really want to hear about Miss California? She didn't win...move on CNN.

    April 29, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  18. AD

    Haha! I can't WAIT to see the parodies for THIS ad!!!

    April 29, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  19. MikeTo

    You have had your 15 minutes of fame now its time to go away.

    April 29, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  20. Hotti4BHO

    Soon she will be the GOP 2012 candidate...Lord have mercy.

    April 29, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  21. TBA

    Why don't just label this as a Anti-Gay ad.

    April 29, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  22. Jennifer

    Is this girls 15 minutes of fame up soon??? Getting very tired of hearing about her.

    April 29, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  23. Its only been how long since??

    Hmmm...how long has it been since people voiced their opinions about their "deep moral beliefs" that women should not vote? How long has it been since it was deemed OK to voice your "deep moral beliefs" that black people are not equal???

    I say go for it!! All the hateful Christians will continue to show off thier ugly colors, while talking out the other side of thier mouths. We need this....We as a country need Christians and Mormons and the like to continue to voice their hate for others...that way we all can see them for who they. Stop hiding behind your bibles....get out there and spend MILLIONS on hate ads so EVERYONE can see you for who you really are...and not that BS you preach!!

    April 29, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  24. jeff

    Good for her. We need more people like her to step up and defend marriage.

    April 29, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  25. Cathy in AZ

    I watched the pagent live – in my opinion she was not denied the crown for what she said but because she stumbled over her answer. I am completely baffled as to what those who oppose same sex marriage are so afraid of.

    April 29, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
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