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. Billy

    If you want to parade inclusiveness ... that also includes opposing viewpoints. Its funny to see groups preaching inclusiveness to become so non-inclusive and downright mean when encountering different views.

    April 29, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  2. Jana

    This must be the stupidest ad ever. How does this show "gay marriage has [bad] conequences"?

    That's like saying that "racial equality has bad consequences" because people who speak out against the right to racial equality might find themselves shunned.

    If Ms. Prejean had suffered consequences from a government body or public school beacuse of her beliefs she would have been wronged and I would feel sorry for her. But sorry Ms. Prejean, the private Miss USA organization can set its own "values" and has no obligation to allow your free speach.

    April 29, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  3. scott

    Congratulations America! We have our 21st century Anita Bryant. Hope it works out the same for her as it did for Anita.

    April 29, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  4. steinway

    that vacuous tart is the perfect spokesperson (sic) for "opposite marriage" and such like.

    can't wait to see what john stewart and stephen colbert do with this ad...

    April 29, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  5. barney kip

    she is one of those women i would count on during times of adversity.you cant sell your morals for miss america crown.everyone knows that gay marriage and homosexuality is wrong.soon people will advocate for absolute rights including rape or having sex in the puplic as long as it doesnt bother anyone.today they passed a stupid bill about hate crime speech and jesus was living today,he would be the first person to be thrown to jail for condemning evil.

    April 29, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  6. Jim Hall

    She is just another village idiot from the GOP (Gay Old Party). This is from a straight man whom what use to be a republican until the last 8 years no more Jim Hall Kansas City Missouri.

    April 29, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  7. Tony

    Congratulations for having the courage to state your convictions on a national stage. It's time we all stood up for what we believe in.

    April 29, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  8. cm

    Good for Miss California!
    Freedom of speech is a two way avenue.
    Gay marriage advocates can not go out asking for people to respect their rights when they are not giving the same respect to anyone who speak up and stand for their values and beliefs.
    You can support or oppose gay marriage and debate the issue with the maximum respect that everyone’s opinion deserve.
    Respect others if you want to have the same in return.
    Hope CNN will post this.

    April 29, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  9. Jimmy Lee

    Maybe she should study up on the history of other anti-gay beauty queens, say like Anita Bryant before she gets used by the jesus people.

    April 29, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  10. Stephen

    I think Miss CA is entitled to her own opinion as we all are and people should not be attacking her. That being said, this group, the NOA is spreading falsehoolds and fear. Yes there are consequences to gay marriage NOA: equality, over 1000 federal rights granted to same sex partners and their families (which include their children) and happiness and freedom for everyone. Feel free to have your own opinions. Please do not feel free to tell gay people they can't have equal rights based on your opinions.

    April 29, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  11. rob

    another nobody to try and takes away others rights. She should just shut up- her day is over

    April 29, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  12. Florida Dude

    Whatever happened to world piece and flubbing questions like all of the other contestants. We don't need more republican "noise" spouting conservative causes.

    April 29, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  13. Justin Utley

    Ms California didn't get the crown because her overall placement wasn't enough to win, not solely because of how she chose to answer the question about same sex marriage.

    That whole issue aside, I hope people will realize that her uneducated and grammatically incorrect answer made her appear even more rediculous than her actual stance on the issue (that we can choose between "opposite marriage" and same sex marriage in this country, which is not true at all since the Defense Of Marriage Act gives no federal recognition to same sex marriage).

    The stone cold reality is that her call for media attention makes her look more like a sore loser than anything else.

    April 29, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    //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."//

    Sure it has consequences, like encouraging long-term meaningful relationships and discouraging discrimination against gay people.

    What are the so-called negative consequences? No matter how loud or how often the religious right tries to convince the American people that gay marriage is one step on a slippery slope towards bestiality and Satan worship, that just doesn't ring true to a majority of Americans.

    April 29, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  15. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I'm a democrat who opposes gay marriage. But I don't appreciate the fact that the right wing is using Ms. California to make this out to be a huge political issue.

    April 29, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  16. MCD, San Fran

    You have to look at the context of the whole thing... this is just the kind of thinking I would expect from a beauty pageant contestant. 'Nuff said.

    April 29, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  17. Chris - Denver

    Just goes to show that you can be pretty, but still be mean and ignorant.

    April 29, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  18. Brian

    Nothing like capitalizing on your fifteen minuets of fame to help further bigotry... CA should be 'proud'.

    April 29, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  19. Wasilla Hillbilly

    i wonder if this commercial will be as much of a joke as the "gathering storm" commercials.

    "i'm not a doctor who was forced to compromise his values in order to practice medicine, but i play one on television"

    April 29, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  20. not another empty head

    I would applaud her if she was really risking her crown for her moral convictions however if you listened to her you would realize she did not have a clue what she was saying. Just repeating a standard reheased answer.,

    April 29, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  21. Tristan

    Anita Bryant, part deux...

    April 29, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  22. China, North Korea, Japan, and Vietnam on trial next

    Carrie Prejean is an American hero who epitomizes what it should mean to be Miss America – kudos to her for speaking the truth and showcasing her moral and religious values in an open and honest way.

    s for the Miss America Pageant and their idiot host, Perez Hilton, he is everything that is wrong about America. Perez should be ashamed of his behavior, and he should never again be allowed anywhere near the Pageant. I also suggest that the Pageant change its title to "Miss America for Gays and Lesbians Only and Not For Christians Holding Religious Beliefs"

    April 29, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  23. Bill

    The NOM's lies are disgusting and I cannot believe anyone would be stupid enough to trust them. If it were up to them, gay people would not only be losing their rights, but their lives (just look at how they're trying to stop the Matthew Shepard Act from passing). This group's days are numbered. If you look at the stats, in just 4 years the support for gay marriage has gone up roughly 9 percentage points. Just think where we'll be in another 4!

    April 29, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  24. Denise

    I refuse to listen to any words that follow, "no offense" or "not to sound racist". It means that the person saying those words intend to cause offense or a racist remark. I would have respected her opinion had she said she feels the way she does for religious reasons. Isn't that what this argument against same-sex marriage is all about anyway?

    April 29, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  25. Luis

    Miss California does indeed have a right to her own opinion and viewpoint but, as a representative of a larger group, she also must
    have tolerance for other individuals and their rights.

    Our constitution promises us ALL, not just select groups to certain rights and I find it very disconcerting, that some of our citizens have decided to campaign, Not for rights but, against the rights of others.

    Many of the people that are against marriage for gay people, are from other countries and "escaped" to our country because our constitution
    provides us with the freedom to worship freely and to live without fear of persecution. These same people are more than eager to deny their fellow citizens their consitutional rights. How very ironic!

    I am embarrassed that fellow citizens are "fighting" to restrict the rights of other citizens. This is not the America I love.

    April 29, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
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