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. Anonymous


    April 29, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  2. j williamson

    Yes, gay mariage has consequences; Such as a happy couple and more stable society. In Canada we simply call it "marriage." There is no separate category and this is how is should be. Marriage for all became (Federally) legal in 2005 – so far, Godzilla hasn't come and swallowed up the country. Imagine that. Greetings to all from Niagara Canada!

    April 29, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  3. RTraynor

    How pathetic. What a way to hold on to 15 minutes of fame. It
    seems to me her no offense statement is causing hatred. I'm
    not gay and have no problem with anybody that loves each other
    wanting to get married. I do have a problem with individuals
    that blatantly spread and cause hatred and act like they are
    doing nothing wrong. Shame on you Ms California. I guess
    your new career with be as a puppet.

    April 29, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  4. Bill

    Wow, is the First Amendment a problem for Gay/Lesbian advocates and same-sex marriage. She was basically "set-up" by Perez Hilton. The Miss USA organization has never publicly backed this essential right under the Constitution. If anything her comment's were so mild there is nothing to argument. She used the term "opposite marriage" to describe male/female unions. I'm certain Marriage between a woman and a man are the Majority in the USA and around the world, estimated at 85+% or more, not the minority. By attacking Miss CA, the rabid zealots of the homosexual community showed their true colors: agree with us and same-sex unions or be reviled, slandered, and harassed by Gay advocates who will use the 1st Amendment to justify anything "they" might say. Hooray for Miss CA!

    April 29, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  5. gary

    No offense? I find her intolerance offensive, and if you have to start off a comment by saying "No offense..." then it's likely what follows is offensive. I don't have a problem with her having her own opinion or beliefs about same sex marriage, but keep it "biblically correct" and in her church and out of the right for loving couples to be civially married. And one more thing, no offense, but what do I care about some ignorant beauty queen's belief about marriage?

    April 29, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  6. Laura

    This makes me furious. She bumbled her answer and is now being hailed as courageous! Give me a break. She's just another ignorant bigot with a pretty face.

    April 29, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  7. Barbara

    Not surprising that she has teamed up with that organization. She's looking for her 15 minutes of fame & they will use any chance they can get to try to discredit the LGBT community. Perhaps her vocabulary will improve for the add...the world already witnessed her ignorance in use of the english language, as well as her views. Funny, after she lost the pageant, in an effort to gain some support & temper her comments, she said her sister is a big supporter of gay rights. If that is true (which I doubt), I wonder what her sister thinks about her being a mouthpiece for what amounts to be a hate group. And yes gay marriage has consequences. It gives equal rights to a portion of American citizens who have been ostracized and denied the rights that should be theirs. It is not a religious issue, it is a legal one. It is time for separation of Church & state to be practiced & for our lawmakers to grant equal rights to all citizens.

    April 29, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  8. sandy

    i am sick of hearing about her. enough already.

    April 29, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  9. L. W.

    Good for you Carrie. Mr. Hilton should be ashamed of himself for even asking such a question. His conduct was horrid and he should have been removed for attacking her. I am pleased with how Carrie handled herself and stood up for what is right.

    April 29, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  10. Mike Smith

    God bless Carrie Prejean for standing up for what is morally right. This country could use more young people like Carried, and not be be ashame to stand up for one's belief. It's about time we stand up and let our voices be heard. She made the right choice to sacrifice the Miss USA crown rather than deceiving herself and America.

    April 29, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  11. JonDie

    Unfortunately Prejean's religious bigotry is deep-seeded. Her god (small g) is darkness in whom there is no light.

    Hatred, not love, is her "golden rule."

    April 29, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  12. Rick

    "gay marriage has consequences."
    "threats posed by same-sex marriage."
    I would still like to know exactly what this means. What "consequences" and "threats" are they talking about?
    Short of some belief based on religious doctrine, I fail to see what REAL "consequences" and "threats" would exist for those of us who do not subscribe to or submit to the fairytale that is religion.

    As for Miss Prejean, I have no issue with what she said... she spoke what she believed and I commend her for that.
    I may not agree with her, but I will give her the credit she deserves.
    At least she gave an honest response.

    April 29, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  13. Joe

    >>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."

    And just what would those consequences be?

    April 29, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  14. john

    Good 4 her ......God created Man & Women to be together.

    April 29, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  15. Paul Ohio

    How is this "slamming?" talk about misleading headline. This girl is just stating her opinion.

    April 29, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  16. GreenWoman

    What consequences?

    More happily married citizens enjoying legally sanctioned rights of marriage. More stable homes paying taxes and offering safe havens for children needing adoption. More legally joined people with a vested interest in the safety, security, and economic stability of their own homes, their neighborhoods, and their communities.

    Same-sex marriage does not threaten "traditional" marriage. Legalizing it will not force any religious institution to perform their sacred rites in sanction of a legal union.

    Same-sex marriage *does* guarantee citizens of the United States of America the right to all the legal rights and obligations of their fellow citizens who join in unions of the opposite sex.

    What are the consequences? Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all citizens of these United States.

    That's not only a consequence, that's a benefit, and a civil right.

    "Miss California" is not being persecuted for speaking her mind; she is being derided for the bigotry of her position. And being "brought up that way" does not excuse bigotry; if it did, slavery would still be a civil and Christian-sanctioned institution, women and blacks and Asians and other minorities would still be barred from voting and owning property, and any other number of other "traditional" institutions now considered illegal would still be in place.

    God bless America, and god bless people who find each other and fall in love and want to get married. And for God's sake, let them.

    April 29, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  17. Greg, PA

    I look forward to when saying you think same-sex marriage should be illegal is about as socially acceptable as promoting the old anti-miscegeny laws.

    How does giving same-sex couples the same basic civil rights that opposite-sex couples enjoy hurt them in any way? Plenty of people find pre-marital sex to be immoral, but it's not illegal.

    April 29, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  18. woo hoo

    If NOM's new ad is half as ripe for mockery as their last one was, then I can't wait for Stephen Colbert to roast this one, too.

    April 29, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  19. Shawn

    Yes, a pity she was called out on her bigotry. Had she been speaking out against interracial marriage, nobody would be cheering her "honesty" or aproaching her to do ads.

    Gays are the last acceptable group to proclaim bigotry against because they can hind behind the bible to do it like cowards.

    April 29, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  20. Say It Out Loud

    LOL...wow shocker there, I suppose she could be Sarah P's VP pick.

    April 29, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  21. Jimmy the Greek

    GOOD! The harrassment this poor girl received for simply answering a question about gay marriage is despicable!!

    Hey – liberal losers piling on this girl – OBAMA AGREES WITH HER!!!

    April 29, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  22. Alan L

    I guess only gay people are allowed to have an opinion. How sad.

    April 29, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  23. Robert

    Miss California and the rest of the same-sex marriage opposition might as well milk their "15 minutes" because it's almost up. It's only a matter ot time before generational change, common sense, the courts, and legislatures combine to extend full marital/civil rights to all American citizens - and not a moment too soon.

    April 29, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  24. EMC

    The church needs to stand for the black and hispanic community! That is Jesus, and they are our best friends! I am tired of the sexual revolution gay or straight!

    April 29, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  25. GOP had Abortion as a Litmus Test ... Progressives Don't Make Yours Gay Marriage

    I'm a fairly liberal democrat and I agree with her right to voice her opinion, popular or unpopular. Also, I thought it was rude and unfair to ask her a provocative question while the others got "softball" questions.

    As a red blooded, skirt-chasing man, let me state that a gay male (this yahoo .. Perez Hilton ) has NO BUSINESS as a judge at a sexy woman beauty contest and that, like it or not, is what Miss USA is. We've gone too far when we care more about political correctness than the wishes of the majority of the population.

    In trying to be accomodating, Miss California stumbled over her words ... that's why she ended up saying "opposite marriage". Marriage is a religious sacrament. I'm sorry but gays don't get to redefine it.

    I don't want this to be the liberal "litmus test" like abortion is for the GOP. Let them have their rights under a "civil union" banner and let's move on.

    April 29, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
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