Miss California is bringing her support for traditional marriage to Washington after sticking to her moral convictions at the Miss USA pageant -- which arguably cost her the title.
Carrie Prejean has joined up with the National Organization for Marriage as part of a $1.5 billion national ad campaign that touts the right of Americans to share their opinion on gay marriage without backlash.
"I encourage people to stand up for what they believe in and not be afraid," Prejean said Thursday at the National Press Club in Washington.
The ad centers on the hostile reaction to Prejean's answer, asserting that she was "attacked viciously for having the courage to speak up for her truth and her values" and that her "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."
The ad calls on gay rights advocates to join in a debate on gay marriage.