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. Evelyn

    It is one thing to voice your opinion and stick to it. It is another thing to begin campaigning and accepting money to do so, for something that you believe but you were not an advocate for until you were asked and given money! I don't like beauty pageants or beauty queens or anything they stand for. I've been in them at an early age and I've never met so many ignorant people associated with any one group...well except when it comes to religious organizations!

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

    This is one sad conservative.....it is a shame that the true winner of the MS. USA contest is pushed out of the lime light by this right wing wack job....

    April 29, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  3. magella

    So exactly what are the "threats" posed by same-sex marriage? I am wracking my brain trying to think of a single one.

    April 29, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  4. Scott

    I hope the ad is as ridiculous and false as their last one.

    April 29, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  5. you will be remembered

    At least she will make a nice picture in future history books – the section covering civil rights in American history. Her picture will follow the picture of blacks lynched by whites.

    Hope she likes it.

    April 29, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  6. norepubs

    Who cares.

    April 29, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  7. Brendan Prawdzik

    All I can say is, I hope that they get her a good writer! Why are we forgetting that the problem with her response was not so much the opinion expressed as it was the poor, circular, incoherent, Palinesque reasoning that groaned to support it?

    April 29, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  8. Jon

    I'm confident that these anti-gay-marriage people will go down in history as intolerant bigots and relics of an age gone by. But I also support free speech and don't have a problem with Miss California speaking out against gay marriage. I just don't agree with her.

    April 29, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  9. S Kee

    My admiration goes out to Miss California for speaking her mind and her morals!

    April 29, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  10. Mike D. in California

    I'm a big supporter of gay marriage, but I'm siding with Ms California on this one. She was asked her opinion on a public stage and she gave it....fair enough. I don't agree with it, but free thought means the freedom to be wrong. Perez Hilton just loaded the oppostion with ammunition that ultimately damages his own positon. He'd have come off a lot better by replying to Prejean with "I don't agree with you, but thanks for sharing your beliefs...they won't affect the outcome of this pageant."

    April 29, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  11. Tiredoldman

    I still find it amazing how people that preach love and tolerance actually embrace hate and intolerance. Also how they tell only one side of the story and basically lie about why the did it. Read the truth behind the coming storm and learn the real reason why the courts stood behind the gays and not the Christians. The reason in every case was that the "Christians" were being bigots. Trying to deny rights or services to people just because they didn't follow their holy book. Love how they support hate and intolerance by children rather than understanding also.

    How the Republican Representative Sally said that gays were a bigger threat then the taliban. The only thing gays threaten is the Church's dark ages thinking. Look at the anti civil rights people and interracial marriage bigots and you will find many matching comments by the "moral" right saying how it was wrong to allow this to happen. Those that fail to learn history are bound to repeat its mistakes.

    April 29, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  12. Mary

    Her answers have been respectable and fairly phrased. Perez Hilton's on the other hand, have been hateful and demeaning to women in general. I will not watch, nor allow my daughters to watch, the Miss USA contest again if that man is on the show. I am still sick from listening to what he said.

    April 29, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  13. VAisforLovers

    What “consequences” does gay marriage have?

    April 29, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  14. Shadysider

    We have been taught from a young age to 'keep our hands to ourselves;' we need to update the motto for the GOP, the Christian right and their like: "KEEP YOUR MORALS TO YOURSELVES!"

    April 29, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  15. Boston Taylor


    This has every right to feel the way she does. This is America and I would never want anyone to take that away from her. I as a gay man was not that offended by what she said during the pageant. What I do not like is this National organization for marriage and their dramatic rhetoric. Saying that she had courage to stand up for herself, and because of that it cost her the crown is absolutely ridiculous. There was no courage in that. This organization is making it seem like they are the minority and that there rights are being infringed upon when in fact, it's the opposite. Their scare tactics are sickening. Gay marriage does not effect anyone but the two people who decided to get married. The NOFM is a terrible biggoted organization, and if they are worried about the sanctity of marriage, then they need to make comercials battling divorce. Our divorce rate is the highest in the world. That is was is really destroying the sanctity of marriage.

    April 29, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  16. Bjoerlingfan

    I'd bet any amount of money that the new add won't have any specifics about exactly what these "consequences" are, and if it does they will probably be just crackpot theories based on anecdotal evidence that have no basis in actual scientific fact. I can't WAIT for this one.

    April 29, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  17. Joe

    -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."-

    What exactly are the consequences? Committed loving people will be able to get married? Other then that I don't see what other "consequences" there are. Of course, I'm thinking rationally and not letting bias and fear cloud my judgement, maybe THAT is the issue!

    April 29, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  18. Felonious Monk

    I think everyone is missing the real issue of her answer. She first said we live in a country where we can "choose" same sex marriage. This is not the case. 4 states have laws allowing same sex marriage. 4 states do not the union make!
    If you want to defend marriage, outlaw divorce. Problem solved. This will make getting married a more serious decision.
    The only problem with this idea is that people love to tell others how to live their lives, but no one likes to be told how to live their life.

    Side note:Check the full faith and credit clause in the U.S. Constitution.

    April 29, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  19. David

    ALL marriage has consequences.

    April 29, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  20. Mikey

    It amazes me that someone parades around on national television with her butt and boobs hanging out, and then complains about other peoples' morals.

    April 29, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  21. NYC

    can you say – Pick and Choose? Let's pick and choose quotes from the bible... yeap, oh yeah, i'm selling my daughter to my neighbor this afternoon. I gotta go! bye!

    April 29, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  22. NY-32

    Discrimination is not a ‘moral value’.

    April 29, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  23. scott in denver

    The "National Organization for Marriage" has chosen for itself one of the most ironic names ever.

    Also, as regards the debate where the "the real issue" is concerned– the real issue is plain old prejudice and intolerance. These people want to foist their narrow, religious world-view on everyone and that is all they care about.

    Can anyone honestly say that "opposite marriage" (to borrow a phrase from the eloquent Ms. Prejean) doesn't "have consequences"?

    April 29, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  24. Xenophones

    Ms. California should be applauded for her courage. As much as people want to make morality a non-issue in these times, it is good to see someone stand firm under pressure.

    April 29, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  25. C.FL

    Carrie Prejean did not choose to risk the crown, unless she somehow chose to botch the answer.

    Watch a post interview from Miss NC on the same question, and it is clear why she won Miss USA.

    Also, there seems to be so much more this group could do with $1.5 million towards worthy charities.

    April 29, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
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