When I saw this headline: Miss California Sparks Furor With Gay Marriage Comments on Miss USA Telecast I immediately knew the only position that would cause "furor" and controversy would be that of support for traditional marriage. Of course, I was correct in my assumption.
From the article:
When asked by judge Perez Hilton, an openly gay gossip blogger, whether she believed in gay marriage, Miss California, Carrie Prejean, said "We live in a land where you can choose same-sex marriage or opposite. And you know what, I think in my country, in my family, I think that I believe that a marriage should be between a man and a woman. No offense to anybody out there, but that's how I was raised."
SHOCK! HORROR! How controversial she express such a mainstream view that is shared with a large majority of Americans! Apparently, she gave the "wrong" answer:
Keith Lewis, who runs the Miss California competition, tells FOXNews.com that he was "saddened" by Prejean's statement.
"As co-director of the Miss California USA, I am personally saddened and hurt that Miss California believes marriage rights belong only to a man and a woman," said Lewis in a statement. "I believe all religions should be able to ordain what unions they see fit. I do not believe our government should be able to discriminate against anyone and religious beliefs have no politics in the Miss California family."
"Saddened?" Really, saddened? She is merely expressing the view of a majority of Californians and the laws of that state. Does he realize that his belief that "all religions should be able to ordain what unions they see fit" must allow for religions that exclude gay marriage? Or that "government should be able to discriminate against anyone" means that people who think gay marriage is wrong should also not be discriminated against? He says, "religious beliefs have no politics in the Miss California family" - so what is his beef, then? Never mind that Miss. California never expressly cited her religion as a reason for her answer. Gay marriage proponents never consider the many non-religious arguments against it.
And what were they expecting, really? As a generalization, the women who compete in pageants tend to be conservative in their values, seeking to be as American as apple pie. Feminists routinely criticize pageants "objectification" of women and especially protest the swim suit competition. Apparently gay men are huge fans of pageants, but it would have been truly controversial to the American people if she had expressed support for gay marriage. Perhaps the Miss USA pageant should not have allowed a question it would not accept a certain answer to.
Miss California's answer sparked a shouting match in the lobby after the show.
Does anyone think there would have been such a ruckus if she had given the politically correct answer?
But Prejean told FOXNews.com that she has no regrets and is happy with the answer she gave.
Good for her for standing up for what she believes in, even when it's not popular to a certain audience. I pray she has the strength to withstand the hatred and protest that will be directed at her in the coming days. If anyone knows of how we can send messages of support to her and her family, please let me know.