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. Frank C

    What is the THREAT posed by gay marriage? The real threats are infidelity, unrealistic expectations of marriage, alcoholism, spousal abuse and lack of communication! If you are threatened by 2 men or 2 women who want to get married, then your marriage is too unstable to start with! Don't we want ALL people to be in a loving relationship with someone? The divorce rate for straight couples has been around 50% for many years, all before any gay marriage laws went into effect. Why don't these groups concentrate on all the single women who decide to have babies at 16 or younger? Maybe they should start giving them BIRTH CONTROL PILLS instead of abstinence lectures!

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

    That makes me sick. In a recession, what kind of people would throw away 1.5 million dollars when there are millions struggling just to put food on the table. The anti-gay propaganda is ridiculous. I suggest they invest their money, time and energy into a more productive area. One that might actually benefit something or someone.

    April 29, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  3. soosie

    Has consequences, does it? How about listing them instead of smarmily alluding to something? I'm tired of this whole argument. It sounds just like white people sounded 100 years ago – they thought it was 'against God's law' for white and black to marry. How silly was that?
    Why don't people get angry about a war that has killed 6000 of our children? Or the people dying in various revolutions around the world? No, they want to stand up for something that is meaningless and won't take any effort on their part.

    April 29, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  4. Joe

    Let this tranny milk it for all it's worth. LOSER

    April 29, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  5. Deanna

    The consequences? Being able to afford healthcare for my partner? Being able to sit by her side in the hospital w/o fear of some self-righteous fundamentalist taking it upon themselves to have me removed because I'm not "family"? Being able to share bills, homes, children w/o fear of someone "disagreeing" with my inborn sexuality and interfering in my estate?

    "Disagreeing" with the way Homosexuals are born is a choice.
    One that has harmful, hurtful and sometimes deadly consequences.

    April 29, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  6. Tommy

    I am proud of her and her stance against same sex marriage – I salute her efforts, this country has lost it's moral bearing, good for her for keeping hers!

    April 29, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  7. carlo

    For all you gay people out there, you can thank Perez Hilton, on top of the in-your-face, pushiness of the gay and lesbian community, along with the fact that being against same sex marriage is not the same as being against interracial marriage. The Bible says that marriage is between a man and a woman. It never mentions race. I've never read about a country in the history of mankind that had same sex marriages.

    April 29, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    Attacked viciously? Hmmm... like the way conservitives attack same sex couples? Get with it people, times are changing. Lives are changing. Everything you know to be traditional is destined to change eventually.

    April 29, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  9. Daniel

    Whose next? Joe the Plumber? They want us to debate the issue when they have a supermodel as their spokesperson? Please.

    April 29, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  10. ds

    Someone willing to stand up for truth rather than cave to the PC crowd!

    April 29, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  11. Voice of reason

    Threat? Who's threatened by someone else's marriage? If two of my gay friends also get married. I'm just as married as I was before.

    The real threat is the religious folk assuming ownership of something that doesn't necessarily have to be religious (you can have a civil ceremony), and making everyone else live according to their playbook. Look at the Taliban if you want to see what can happen when religious extremists assume control.

    April 29, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  12. T

    If Miss Cali is the best they can get for their right-wing campaign, then we lefties have NOTHING to worry about!!

    April 29, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  13. Reading in So. Cal

    She is of course entitled to her opinion. Though I support same sex marriage, I think the negative comments about her were inappropriate.

    I do however have a question about the comment about her "deepest moral values". Is parading yourself in a bikini specifically to show off your body something people of high moral value participate in? I think these 'contests' that select women by their beauty are demeaning and have no place in our society.

    April 29, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  14. David Filllmore

    I am against gay marriage as well. Here are ten reasons why:

    1.Being gay is not “natural”. Real Americans always reject un-natural things like eyeglasses, polyester, and air conditioning.

    2.Gay marriage will encourage people to be “gay”; in the same way hanging around tall people will make you tall.

    3.Legalizing gay marriage will open the door to all kinds of “crazy” behavior. People may even wish to marry their pets because a dog has legal standing and can sign a marriage contract.

    4.Straight marriage has been around a long time and hasn’t changed at all; women are still property, blacks can’t marry whites, and divorce is still illegal.

    5.Straight marriage will be less meaningful if gay marriage were allowed; the sanctity of Britney Spears’ 55-hour “just for fun” marriage would be destroyed.

    6.Straight marriages are valid because they produce children. Gay couples, infertile couples, and old people shouldn’t be allowed to marry because our orphanages aren’t full yet, and the world needs more children.

    7.Obviously gay parents will raise gay children, since straight parents only raise straight children.

    8.Gay marriage is not supported by religion. In a theocracy like ours, the values of one religion are imposed on the entire country. That’s why we have only one religion in America.

    9.Children can never succeed without a male and a female role model at home. That’s why we as a society expressly forbid single parents to raise children.

    10.Gay marriage will change the foundation of society; we could never adapt to new social norms. Just like we haven’t adapted to cars, the service-sector economy, and longer life spans.

    April 29, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  15. Suzanne

    I am glad Carrie Prejean stood up for her views and beliefs, which I happen to share. I sincerely hope the National Organization of Marriage isn't attacked as viciously. No offense!

    April 29, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  16. RRR

    Sorry, but the narrow-mindedness in this contestant's attitude smacks more of ignorance, and a desire to take rights away from others who are equal to her, more than any 'courage or deep moral values'. It seems to me i am not inspired by her, or this 'too far right' group.

    Seems that gay marriage advocates DO discuss this, and the whole reason this IS in the news is because these groups do deserve equal rights, they are equal to anyone else.

    I will certainly root AGAINST the Miss USA California contestant.

    April 29, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  17. Janie

    When is this going to stop?

    Seriously, she and this organization and those oppossed to gay marriage are such narrowminded people who do not have a heart and are not educated about the subject. Get over it already! Who the hell cares if people are gay? It's not a freaking diease and it won't destory your marriage if your straight.

    Honestly, tell me how a homosexual marriage is a threat to a hetrosexual one? Please someone educate me on that cause I fail to see how it's a threat. If you have a strong marriage NOTHING should break it.

    All of you haters against gay marriage should stop throwing stones at innocents and look at how hateful, spitefull and oppressing you are being.

    A bunch for f-ing hypocrites.

    April 29, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  18. Irene

    You gotta be kidding me. Are these people actually proud of their bigotry? Marriage is a legally recognized institution and it has nothing to do with anybody's misguided view of religion. As long as rights are associated with marriage (like insurance, care giving, etc...) everybody has the civil right to marriage, not just heterosexual homophobes. When is the Supreme Court going to enforce this? Remember – the Christian righ was against civil rights for blacks back in tyhe 60's as well. Praise god!!!

    April 29, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  19. David L.

    Quote: "She is attacked viciously for having the courage to speak up for her truth and her values"

    Is ignorance and lack of education regarding this subject also called courage? Is treating people like 2nd class citizens and not giving them the same rights as everyone else called "her truth and values"

    Being gay has nothing to do with morals or values. It is simply how a person is born. People are born gay. What kind of message is she sending to gay kids across this country? They need love, support, and above all to know that when they grow up and ready to marry they will have that fundamental human right.

    She may have a gay child of her own one day. I'm sure she would want that child to be equal to everyone else. Education is the key to combat ignorance.

    April 29, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  20. Jennie

    Oh good – their first ad was hilarious!!! Not quite making the point they wanted. What a bunch of delusional drama queens.

    April 29, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  21. Lynn

    First, I do not think this question should have been asked. But since it was, I think her response was not intelligent. There is nothing wrong with saying she believes in "opposite marriage", but she answered in a less than sensible fashion. First she said that in this "great land" people can have same or opposite marriage. Not true – a small number of states allow gay marriage. Then she followed it with a statement that in her "country" she does not believe there should be gay marriage. I didn't know California seceded! So she has the facts wrong on all counts – stating gay marriage possible in this great land – and referring to California as a country. For those reasons I believe she deserved to lose – not for her belief to which she is entitled.

    April 29, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  22. J.Crobuzon

    Is it a vicious attack to say you couldn't scrub the nasty off that bint with a wire brush, and she doesn't represent any USA I ever lived in? Because in my humble, unsolicited, and constitutionally-protected opinion, she's a skank. Sorry about the vicious attack.
    Now, the real question: who let Perez Hilton waddle into a beauty contest at all, much less be a judge? Boot that creep out of the pageant system, please.

    April 29, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  23. doug, fairbanks, alaska

    this is completely assinine..who the *bleep* cares?? Why the Gay rights advocates continue to make such a big deal over it is just as confounding why the hetero marriage advocates claim such a higher moral ground. Wouldn't it be nice if the media simply ignored them all??

    April 29, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  24. ch


    Maybe it would help their cause if they got someone intelligent and informed to speak out against gay marriage instead of this dimwitted backward "beauty" queen (I guess it truly is in the eye of the beholder)!

    Oh, that's right – nobody intelligent and informed would be against gay marriage!

    April 29, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  25. Jeff

    "She is attacked viciously for having the courage to speak up for her truth and her values,"

    A red herring. Anyone can express their views, sure, that is guaranteed by the first amendment and I think Miss CA should be encouraged to express what her "true values" are. However, if those "true values" are made on a stage in front of a large audience, and are based on ignorance, involve discrimination, and is poorly articulated, expect many people to express their "true values" in opposition to those views.

    The view that state-sanctioned gay-marriage poses any kind of threat to anyone is just plain bizarre to me and represents a general inability to use critical reasoning against beliefs that are indoctrinated into individuals at a young age. I have yet to hear a rational, justified argument against state-sanctioned gay marriage.

    April 29, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
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