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. twiddly

    The anti-gay whackos are no better than the segregationists of old.
    Wish they'd get a clue, but it'll probably take another generation to die off 1st.

    Gays don't "hurt" you or your marriage any more interracial marriage.

    This is largely a false issue based on faulty religious beliefs, namely blind faith in the literal word of the bible.

    I think Miss CA should wear a burkah.

    April 29, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  2. Nick - Arlington, VA

    Maybe she can explain how the "gay storm" is coming, and that two people marrying each other at the statehouse and living their private lives could somehow affect heterosexual marriage. Oh, and then she can explain how the State can't make religious institutions marry gay couples, and that this organization uses scare tactics that are pathetic and overtly discriminatory. Maybe Ms. CA can tell us all about that stuff.

    April 29, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  3. Victory Gin

    And just what are those 'threats'?
    If loving gay couples want to enter into a legally binding union that grants them the same privileges that it does a hetero couple, then let them have it.
    Sheesh, why shouldn't they be as miserable as the rest of us!

    April 29, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  4. Brian

    And what exactly are the 'consequences of gay marriage' anyway? I saw that first ad they ran and it only tried to inject fear, it didn't provide any facts. Really they are just trying to say 'We are religious and our God doesn't like that.'

    April 29, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  5. Swan

    "gay marriage has consequences"

    That same old argument just doesn't hold water.

    April 29, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  6. chris (hartford, ct)

    "The real issue: gay marriage has consequences". That's what advocates of equal marriage are fighting for! Consequences like: shared insurance benefits, being able to see a spouse in the hospital, being able to jointly file taxes, etc etc. Those are the consequences that people who pursue "opposite marriages" should receive, not just a 'civil union' piece of paper that officially establishes them as 2nd class citizens.

    50 years ago, Miss California and her supporters may have very well said that inter-racial marriages "have consequences" and warned voters of the threats posed by it. It doesn't mean that they would have been right then either.

    April 29, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  7. Bob the Observer

    It's amazing when someone who represents the majority view of our nation - including our Democratic President - is attacked by most media for not lying about her convictions when asked a yes/no question.

    I hope this serves to let more people see that the whole gay marriage thing is not about rights; it's a political move. A large amount of gay people themselves are against gay marriage.

    April 29, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  8. Husman

    I hope that miss Prejan address the issue of child health,poverty,education,and illiteracy and pay attention to her education .Its not every American that will make it in life like the Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh when they could not educated themselves by dropping out of college for whatever reason and instead of educating youths on the needs of education, they are busy espousing consevative values that tend to divide this country.

    April 29, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  9. Brandon

    Miss California lost because hate is ugly.

    April 29, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  10. Justin

    Why would people be so mad at her... because she stood up for her values people need to realize you can oppose gay marriage too, i my self will never be OK with same sex marriage 1. its not natural 2. it has been shown to lead to more problems then the average natural marriage. Think about this man and women can reproduce naturally however with same sex male or female couple they have to see a doctor to be able to reproduce think about it....

    April 29, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  11. athansor

    If the real issue is that "gay marriage has consequences", then why can't anyone state what the real negative consequences are?

    April 29, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  12. Red

    I'm curious about these so called *ominous warnings* about the *consequences* of gay marriage...Right now...as you sit at your computer and eat dinner with your family and go to the park with your kids, gay people are living together and raising families together, sending their kids to your kids schools, and watching movies, listening to music, shopping at the mall together....even proclaiming their love for each other in ceremonies much like the one my heterosexual husband and I had 20 years ago...and it is NOT affecting YOUR life in any way, shape or form!!!

    It's been going on since the beginning of time and it NEVER had ANY impact on YOUR life. Why is that any different now?

    Why don't you start concerning yourself with the 60% divorce rate between heterosexual couples in America...Especially among those who consider themselves Evangelical Christians who have a 25% HIGHER divorce rate than those left wing liberal Democrats.

    April 29, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  13. Kara

    The problem wasn't what she said, it was how she said it - she sounded like an idiot (what is "opposite marriage"??) and didn't answer the question posed to her. She didn't lose the crown because she opposes same-sex marriage, she lost because what she said didn't make any sense.

    April 29, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  14. Junior

    So long as you have the Mormons willing to send you $20m every time same sex marriage comes on the ballot you have nothing to worry about. With 668 people on death row at $90,000 a year for each one and octomom, you Californians really have your priorities straight.

    April 29, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  15. james

    She's guilty of "same-sex" every time she takes time-out to pleasure her narcissistic self. In fact, she's so enamored with herself, I'm sure she'd marry herself if she could. How would that rate with the righteous, ranting, raving, right-wing hypocrytes???

    April 29, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  16. Chris

    Miss C.Prejean has been provoked with "politically correct" or incorrect question by Perez Hilton and still gave a polite answer. I did not see anything offensive or ugly in her explanation but very rude and ugly answer by Perez.
    Are we not allowed in this day and age to express our position when questioned. Is this a new norm in "democracy" or did we all gone

    April 29, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  17. Eric in MD

    So the homophobic bigots who are against gay marriage choose this empty-headed nitwit to be their spokesperson? Wow, that is brillant! How about worrying about real problems like poverty, gun violence, heath-care, jobs, etc. and stop obsessing about what other people who wish to make a life-long commitment to another person is doing? How does it affect your life one iota what other people do in their lives? I am just baffled by the religous right and those who oppose gay marriage. If you don't want to marry someone of your own sex, then don't. Otherwise worry about yourself and the real problems this country faces!

    April 29, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  18. Brandon

    I would be more than willing to debate the consequences of gay marriage. I have asked for any single rational reason why gay people should not get married and have yet to recieve nothing in response. The closest I get is because it's not marriage (nor really rational) or the Bible says it's wrong (which would be OK if I lived in a theocracy).

    April 29, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  19. sandra thomas

    I am proud of Miss California for speaking the truth..God created this world to produce life.. and that is what same sex marriages can not do. If you are honest you know in your heart same sex marriages is wrong.. is not your intelligence higher than animals... you do see animals of the same sex trying to produce.

    April 29, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  20. Tommy

    Last time I checked, bigotry and prejudice were not desirable values to be had by anyone. She spoke out on "her values"? C'mon, gimme a break! She is a bigot, plain and simple!

    April 29, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  21. Eric

    She is pathetic. I have no idea why people are threatened by two people who love eachother being together – these opponents need to tackle some real issues, war, hunger, poverty, etc..... I also don't think God cares.

    April 29, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  22. Joel

    What the heterosexual marriage advocates fail to mention is that gay-marriage advocates are only standing up for their rights to live life as an equal member of society. It was the heterosexual marriage advocates who demeaned gays, made them a second class citizen, and attacked them first. Rather than talk about the real issues facing marriage today (i.e. divorce rates in excess of 50%, single-family homes, parents failing to pay child support, TV-marriage shows/jokes), they'd rather attack gays. This is America, and the 14th Amendment still applies–"equal protection" under the law.

    April 29, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  23. Tom

    Well, it burns me that Hilton and Smoakler can participate as professionals in a business setting and then tear Ms. California apart for answering honestly a question which was posed to her during the show. Hilton and Smoakler are unprofessional, period.

    Then she gets hammered in the press by the extreme, left liberal groups for not conforming to what they want pushed across all states law books about same sex marriages. Frankly, I think if a homosexual couple want to have the same misery, divorce, pay alimony as heterosexual couples–by all means, Allow them the privelege of joining the national club of having 1 in 2 marriages end in divorce. Why shouldn't homosexual couples be as miserable as heterosexual couples????

    April 29, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  24. Marge

    Donald Trump are we now turning the Miss USA pageant into a religious free for all. It is sickening the way this country's religious bigots jump on every little thing to try to take away rights, IF IN THEIR TINY LITTLE MINDS don't agree. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.

    This country should show these bigots that we are sick and tired of their SICK LITTLE BRAINS. Miss California included. She has a right to her own opinion, but to be a public figure she should think before she speaks. Or is she a female rush the oxy one.

    April 29, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  25. Rick

    Good for her! Let's see how much "tolerance" and "choice" the dumbocrats will have on this.

    April 29, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
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