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. rm

    "Slams?" That's quite a misrepresentation.

    April 29, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  2. Doug, New Jersey

    The only reason she didn't win is because she has a view that is not accepted by the liberal Democrat establishment. The facts are the facts, only liberal Democrats in America look to punish people for their views, denying them a win in a contest like this, promotions at work, grades deserved at schools, the list goes on.

    To vote Democrat is to support discrimination, you can't change this inconvient truth. I support gay marriage but I dont think people should be punished for having a different view, therefore I could never support the evil that is the liberal Democrat.

    BTW, imagine she lost because she supported gay marriage, this is why decent people don't vote Democrat.

    April 29, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    $1.5 million dollars was spent on this, and millions more spent on other similar campaigns... could we not find a better use for this money? People are losing jobs and homes, kids are being abused, people are sick and dying... and they chose to spend money to stop 2 consenting adults in love from getting married. Yeah, im sure thats exactly what God wants.

    April 29, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  4. rachel

    Its so funny to me its of my opinion if you don't want to marry the same sex then don't noone is forcing you too. What you would choose for your self should not control what some one else would choose for themseleves.

    April 29, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  5. Chris

    Please, someone—anyone, give me a 100% honest answer as to why you think same sex marriage will destroy the institution.

    No hyperbole, no "doom and gloom" scenarios, no "theories", just a straight up answer as to why you believe what you do.

    If Chuck and Larry from down the street — two people you don't know and will never meet — decide to get married, how is that going to effect your life on a day-to-day basis? Your marriage?

    Let's be civil here and have a real discussion...

    April 29, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  6. Who'd a thunk it

    A botoxed, breast-implanted Barbie doll wanna-be is the exemplar of youth and spokesperson for the self-righrteous rule maker wanna-be's. Satan wins another round.

    April 29, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  7. Obama-mama

    Perez Hilton is a disgrace to the human race. This is so typical of what's wrong with this country. This lame, wire-crossed idiot gets more respect than someone brought up with morals. Screw him! He should be sent packing (no pun intended) back into the closet where his fruity ass belongs!

    April 29, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  8. Jolie

    Doesn't marriage in general have consequences? How many failed marriages between a man and a woman are there? hmmmmmmmmm. Food for thought.

    April 29, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  9. lmbeech

    Hooray for Miss California. I am sick of people going along with the politically correct crowd. Same sex marriage is a life choice with after life consequences.

    April 29, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  10. globalgrove

    Sorry, but her 'deppest moral values' should not be imposed on me or anyone else. She is free to believe what she likes but is not free to force those beliefs on others.

    April 29, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  11. BobAbrams

    I find it so ironic that Perez hilton would be that harsh to someone because of their beliefs...typical double standard lib....Miss Cali is hot and repub....not a bettwer mix of woman in the world!!!!!!!!!

    April 29, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  12. shucks

    What a surprise. I'm sure it's through the same people/church that lied about Prop 8 to the people of California. Rights are not just for Christians. Everyone who lives and was born in this country are guaranteed equal rights. Not just religious haters and racists.

    April 29, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  13. arithmetic is liberal

    I really wish Perez Hilton had shut the royal hell up. He didn't help anyone, and set back to gay marriage movement perhaps by YEARS.

    However the upside to another NOM ad will be more hilarious Colbert parodies.

    NOM is for cheezeburgers, not for bigots.

    April 29, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  14. Sheri in Tennessee

    If conservatives truly were frightened about marriage, they'd be trying to outlaw divorce. This is just another old, sad, and weak attempt to shore up the base for issues other than marriage. Conservatives everywhere ought to be beyond angry that the RNC thinks so little of its constituents that all it has to do is say "same-sex marriage" and people will scurry to the polls. No wonder the party is dead.

    April 29, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  15. NA

    She is the real Miss USA.

    April 29, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  16. Tina

    This California chic needs to stop it already. I applaud her for stating her opinion and for not saying what the public and maybe even the judge wanted her to say. However, that is HER opinion, HER belief. Noone is asking her to change her beliefs so she shouldnt be involved in ads that basically attacks gay people and want them to change their beliefs and lifestyles. And to the group paying her for this ad cos she stood up for her moral values, is it moral for her to be parading around in her underwear infront of millions? Would they be ok if a fellow church member decided to strip down to her underwear for a beauty pageant? Wont they be the first to criticize that church member? My advice to them and all the so-called Christians in America: Stop picking and choosing which Biblical standards you will support. That just makes you judgemental and hypocritical.

    April 29, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  17. Amy

    Great – a fresh new face for those on the side of bigotry and hate – just what the U.S. needs!

    April 29, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  18. Rob

    Had Miss California said that blacks shouldn't marry or that a woman's place was in the home, no one would be applauding her "for having the courage to speak up for her truth and her values".

    April 29, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  19. fella from Chicago

    Look at a photo of Ms. Prejean then put it next to a photo of Speaker Pelosi. I'm sooooo glad I'm a Conservative Republican. God must be on our side.

    April 29, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  20. Carrie

    Good for her!

    April 29, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  21. MamaKat

    It's a shame that Ms. Prejean isn't as pretty on the inside as she is on the outside. I guess you can't put makeup on a soul.

    April 29, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  22. jenn

    What are the "consequences" of gay marriage that we are supposed to be afraid of? Seriously, can anyone name a concrete, objective consequence that will affect the general public? Hint: being offended doesn't count. Heck, I'm offended by ignorant bigotry, but I'm not pushing for legislation to ban it!

    April 29, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  23. A Voter

    What exactly are the consequences of gay marriage? Two men or two women can go to the courthouse and get a marriage license. The result is what exactly? If a church doesn't want to sanction their marriage or perform the ceremony, that's fine. Some churchs won't marry non-members or people who are divorced. Why not approach gay marriage the same way? Miss California didn't lose the pageant because of her beliefs but because she stumbled around and couldn't answer the question in an eloquent manner.

    April 29, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  24. Starcruiser

    I doubt very seriously that Carrie risked her crown by not keeping silent. As a matter of fact, more than likely, that crazy view of hers is probably what won it for her. It's too bad that states can't find out a little more about their beauty contestants, other than her measurements that is, before they let them get in front of the TV cameras to compete..... Anyone, who's prejudiced for any reason, should be showed the back door of the stage, not the cat walk.

    Yea, boot em out!!!! It's called ZERO TOLERENCE..Hey now, don’t all you whackos go get you feathers all ruffled up, after all, you are the ones who patented the term “Zero Tolerance”!!!

    April 29, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  25. Puff the Magic Dragon

    Oh and at age what, 19, 20 she knows it all? Stop it.

    April 29, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
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