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. Tony

    It is sad that we have become a nation that condems a person who is honest and expresses their opinion. I would rather have a Miss CA or Miss America who is honest than one who will lie to get ahead.

    April 29, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  2. Deb

    Well that does not surprise me. The Republicans are looking for leaders in the darndest of places...think back to where Joe the Plumber materialized...seems now it is Miss California's turn to pump up the Republicans. I just can't wait to see who and/or what is next.

    April 29, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  3. Carole

    The Repub idealogues won't let go of the 3 Gs, Guns, God and Gays.

    *We are not 'scurred' of the 3Gs anymore. Well they had Caribou Barbie so now it is Catalina Barbie's turn.

    April 29, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  4. Richard

    Finally a group which stands up for conservative rights rather than a group which USED to be a minority. This is a refreshing to know that people who still have values are allowed to take a stand for what they believe in without being harrassed by ignorant support groups which typically do not know 50% of the facts about what they are supposed to be supporting!

    Go Carrie..........WILL YOU MARRY ME?!?!?!

    April 29, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    We should probably thank everyone (on both sides) who has behaved so poorly with respect to this whole situation for helping re-affirm that beauty is only skin deep.

    That being said, I'd like to see their list of "consequences" that are relevant to the prospect of this being a matter of SECULAR law and their facts and empirical evidence that back them up. What's that? They don't have any and just want to say "we'll all be turned into pillars of salt"? Well...back to the drawing board for them I suppose.

    April 29, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  6. Wayne

    Bigotry and Beauty Queens. One does have to ask, Doesn't that Bible that Miss Prejean is so fond of, say something about not bearing false witness? And speaking of bearing false witness, what do you think Jesus would say about those huge FAKE BREASTS of hers? God did NOT make her that way. False Witness (that's one of the big 10).

    April 29, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  7. Phil

    Joe the Plumber, you have been replaced!

    The Republicans know good cartoons when they find them!

    April 29, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  8. LRicks

    This is America and if they did not want her to answer the question they should not have asked. This is her opinion and she has a right to it. So leave the young woman alone. I may not agree but, certainly respect her rights to say what she would like to say and not go along with any program.

    April 29, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  9. Brett

    My question: What are the so-called "consequences" of gay marriage?

    April 29, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  10. kiko

    Spreading hate has consequences too, Carrie Prejean.

    April 29, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  11. Buck12

    I applaud this girl for her courage. Contrary to popular belief one does not have to have religious reasons for opposing gay marriage. And stop referencing racism when it comes to comparing the issue of gay marriage; Being gay is simply a lifestyle.

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

    I guess this will have Perez turning on his rainbow. I guess he will pout and stomp his feet calling people bad names. He should be sent to the closet without supper.

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

    And her values are? Ok, this is what I don't get. What does any religious organization have to do with civil marriages? Because I think most religions are just cults that made good, is my marriage of 30 years void? Separation of church and state? Aren't we done with the right-wing vicious people YET?

    April 29, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  14. Kevin in Ohio

    Homosexuality is a perversion, plain and simple. And to then warp the acceptance of that pervsion in to a right to marry is taking it way too far. Thank you, Miss California for standing up for your beliefs.

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

    While I applaud Miss CA for speaking her mind I hardly think it qualifies her for celebrity status(or demon status either). The people who demonized her for voicing a personal opinion are as radicalized as those who now want to make her an icon of virtuous values as the neo-cons define them.
    This silliness needs to stop and we need to return to civil dialogue to solve the monumental issue of our time

    April 29, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  16. Jocasta Gardner

    I think we all could learn a lesson from her. I believe every word of the Bible and sin is sin. It's time for Believers to stand for the right things; especially in this day and time when what is wrong is seen as right and what is right is seen as wrong or "politically incorrect"........

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

    Carrie Prejean and The National Organziation for Marriage have an entire right to their opinion, as do anyone else who supports this view. However, I am a heterosexual man who when I heard lyrics from The Smiths song "How Soon Is Now" many years ago I determined homosexuality and same sex marriage is completely justified. The lyrics are..."So shut your mouth...How can you say I go about things the wrong way? I am human and I need to be loved just like everybody else does." In essence, who are you to decide for someone else what they think and feel...and everyone is deserving of love. Until there is civil rights and equality for ALL there is no civil rights and no equality, and, we as a people can not claim to be civilized. Thank you for enlightening me Morrissey.

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

    Gee, what a great spokeswoman for a 1/2 gay state.

    April 29, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  19. Mississippi Mike

    That's right the "tolerance" crowd has been viciously attacking her since Perez Hilton, an internet smut dealer, asked her a politically loaded question and she gave an honest answer.

    April 29, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  20. Pat F

    Sexist, self-described "liberals" call her a bubble-headed barbie doll (and worse) and begin their pilloring of her for standing up for her beliefs in 3...2..1...

    April 29, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  21. B. Riley

    Prejean lost because bigotry is ugly. Her 15 will be up soon.

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

    "hell have no fury like woman's scorn" Good for Miss Carrie Prejean for standing up for what she believes. I see so many people change their opinion to avoid confrontation I hope she becomes the face of Marriage just because that guy tried to viciously attack her and her dreams to public get his point across. To me she is Miss USA and if she ran again she would get my vote instantly. I never watched the contest because I always thought of the pageant as a bunch of shallow, airheaded, uneducated yet extremely hot women. But I can see how wrong I was. I would honestly like to shake her hand.

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

    Who the heck cares! She has a right to her opinion, others have a right to theirs. But standing opposite each other and brandishing your ideals declaring the opposition is wrong and, and, and, so there! This doesn't work and everyone knows it. Whatever happened to civility, the belief in a human soul and it's worth regardless of sexual orientation, as long as laws are not being broken that is. Here is a fundamental question that needs to be answered, why can't the same sexes be married? What would that destroy that we currently have? More love? More peace? Good parents (yes gays can be)? Family? Let's do something radical, let's be tolerant. Our views, individually, aren't always right, and often collectively either, just remember slavery and how we got that wrong. So I challenge everyone to be tolerant, to get on with living and loving life....chill.

    April 29, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  24. Mark Adam

    This idiot woman is no Christian. She was parading around onstage in A BIKINI for the sake of VANITY, in front of the nation. How highly sexualized! Are you kidding me?! In what world is she a "devout Christian"? Perez was right with his evaluation of her "A dumb *****"

    April 29, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  25. JB

    If she were brought up to believe that blacks should not be allowed to marry whites, would that be OK?

    April 29, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
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