April 27th, 2009
Perez Hilton: “Vermont recently became the 4th state to legalize same-sex marriage. Do you think every state should follow suit. Why or why not?”
Prejean: “Well I think its great that Americans are able to choose one or the other. We live in a land where you can choose same-sex marriage or opposite marriage. And you know what, 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 and that\’s how I think it should be between a man and a woman. Thank you very much.”
This question may well have cost Miss California the title of Miss USA. [See Update Below]
Those who favor marriage equality heaped scorn on her head while those who vision themselves as defenders of traditional marriage saw in her a champion. And that’s a role Carrie was quick to adopt.
But I think with that question specifically, it’s not about being politically correct. For me it was being biblically correct.
Frankly, all I saw was a vapid girl who validated every stereotype about the intellectual challenges of beauty queens.
I was a bit inclined to give her a little break on the factual accuracy of her answer (if not it’s content), assuming she was startled and perhaps a bit underprepared for an unexpected question. But yesterday Rex Wockner interviewed Miss Prejean and the words that tumbled out of her pretty little head left little question about the sophistication of Carrie’s thinking process.
This is Miss California, after a week of preparation about the subject of same-sex marriage, discussing the bases for sexual orientation:
Rex: I understand that you were raised to believe that marriage is between a man and a woman, and I understand that you grew up knowing that you were always going to marry a guy, but you’re heterosexual. Um, some people are born gay, maybe, you think?
Carrie: No, I don’t think so.
Rex: OK, so now we’re getting somewhere.
Carrie: I think it’s a behavior that develops over time.
Rex: Why would someone choose it, given that if you choose that, you get discriminated against?
Carrie: Um, because obviously Perez Hilton doesn’t think that there’s anything wrong with it.
Rex: No, but if being gay is a choice, rather than something you’re born with, why would you choose something that’s going to lead to your being discriminated against? What would be the motivation?
Carrie: I’m not sure what the motivation would be.
Rex: OK. Me either.
And here she is on marriage:
Rex: And, I guess, last question: What would be so wrong with two women who love each other getting married?
Carrie: What would be so wrong with two women that love each other?
Rex: What would be so wrong with that? Yeah.
Carrie: What don’t you see wrong with that?
Rex: I don’t see anything wrong with it.
Poor dear. You can’t really blame folks for having the opinions of their parents when it’s quite clear that they lack the skills necessary to process information and come up with opinions of their own.
And I do think it appropriate that the anti-equality crowd now has a spokesperson whose intellect matches the arguments they make.
It appears that Carrie Prejean was not the front runner for this competition. This seems to be a fiction spread by both those who wish to view Miss California as being duly punished for her bad behavior as well as by those who wish to see her as a martyr for her faith.
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