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    Miss California defends gay stance

    Post  Waireka on Fri Apr 24, 2009 2:24 am

    A Miss USA contestant says God was testing her character when she was asked her views on gay marriage, and will stand by her answer - that marriage is between a man and a woman - despite being called a "dumb bitch" by the judge who asked her the question.

    Miss California, Carrie Prejean, was a favourite to win the crown but said she did not regret stating her views on same-sex marriage, which was deemed to have ruined her chances.

    "I wouldn't have answered it differently," she told breakfast TV in the US.

    "The way I answered may have been offensive. With that question specifically, it's not about being politically correct. For me it was being biblically correct."

    Prejean, 21, was asked the question on Sunday night by celebrity blogger Perez Hilton, one of five judges, after earlier completing the swimsuit and evening gown modelling rounds.

    Hilton, who is openly gay, asked: "Vermont recently became the fourth state to legalise same-sex marriage. Do you think every state should follow suit. Why or why not?"

    "I think it's great Americans are able to choose one or the other," Prejean answered. "We live in a land that 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 offence 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."

    A storm of controversy was triggered after Hilton reacted furiously.

    On a video blog, Hilton described it as "the worst answer in pageant history" and then added: "She lost not because she doesnt believe in gay marriage, she lost because she's a dumb bitch!".

    He said had Prejean won, he would have stormed onto the stage and ripped off her tiara.

    Prejean said Hilton's comments had upset her, but she had no regrets and had received a lot of support.

    "I've gotten over 500 Facebook friend requests, hundreds of messages from people I don't know, saying how proud of me they are that I stood my ground," she told Fox News.

    "That made me the real winner of the night."

    Prejean eventually lost on the night of the pageant, finishing runner-up to Miss North Carolina.

    She said she knew instantly after answering the question that she would not win, "because I had spoken from my heart, from my beliefs and for my God".

    Hilton said she lost "because it was a bad answer" and that Miss USA ought to be more diplomatic and "inclusive".

    Hilton has continued to criticise Prejean and argue in favour of gay marriage on his Twitter account.

    "I stand by calling her a dumb bitch, just like she's standing by her words from yesterday too," he wrote.

    He also joked: "How long until Miss California gets a job working as an anchor for Fox News? See, I helped her!"

    In recent hours, Hilton has also used Twitter to question a range of celebrities about their views on gay marriage, including Britney Spears, Mariah Carey, Martha Stewart and Sean "Diddy" Combs.

    It's not the first time a US pageant contestant's answer to a question has attracted worldwide headlines.

    In 2007, Miss Teen South Carolina - Lauren Caitlin Upton - received international attention for her confused, mangled response to a question about why one-fifth of Americans could not locate the US on a map.
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    Re: Miss California defends gay stance

    Post  Waireka on Fri Apr 24, 2009 2:25 am

    Should she have had to answer PC, or answer with her honest personal opinion?

    I support Gay marriages, but I don't support her being expected to lie.
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    Re: Miss California defends gay stance

    Post  superarmy on Fri Apr 24, 2009 2:26 am

    Good on her for saying what she thinks instead of pretending to care. Perez Hilton needs to die in a fire.
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    Re: Miss California defends gay stance

    Post  Waireka on Fri Apr 24, 2009 2:32 am

    superarmy wrote:Good on her for saying what she thinks instead of pretending to care. Perez Hilton needs to die in a fire.

    Laughing I didn't mind him until I read that article...

    Oh and for the lulz...



    I love her.
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    Re: Miss California defends gay stance

    Post  superarmy on Fri Apr 24, 2009 2:38 am

    Waireka wrote:
    superarmy wrote:Good on her for saying what she thinks instead of pretending to care. Perez Hilton needs to die in a fire.

    Laughing I didn't mind him until I read that article...

    Oh and for the lulz...



    I love her.

    Wow she's the whole package, why can't Americans be more like her?
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    Re: Miss California defends gay stance

    Post  Waireka on Fri Apr 24, 2009 2:49 am

    She's from Barbados.
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    Re: Miss California defends gay stance

    Post  superarmy on Fri Apr 24, 2009 2:51 am

    I knew something seemed off. Americans aren't THAT smart.
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    Re: Miss California defends gay stance

    Post  Diaz on Fri Apr 24, 2009 3:47 am

    "Should she have had to answer PC, or answer with her honest personal opinion?"

    There's the rub, is it her own personal opinion or is she just repeating concepts that she has been indoctrinated into?

    I would say it's indoctrination, I don't think there is any legitimate way of condemning a group of people to live on the outskirts of society (and to burning in the fiery pits of hell no less) without access to the same rights everyone else enjoys just because of their sexual orientation. I've discussed Leviticus before which is often used to justify that stance and the literal interpretation of the phrase doesn't even make sense, but that doesn't stop people using it. I'd strongly object to her stance of it not being "biblical" myself, maybe Perez Hilton isn't too bright but at least she isn't a bigot.
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    Re: Miss California defends gay stance

    Post  relict on Fri Apr 24, 2009 6:45 am

    Waireka wrote:"The way I answered may have been offensive. ...

    "I think it's great Americans are able to choose one or the other," Prejean answered. "We live in a land that 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 offence 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."
    ...

    On a video blog, Hilton described it as "the worst answer in pageant history" and then added: "She lost not because she doesnt believe in gay marriage, she lost because she's a dumb bitch!".

    He said had Prejean won, he would have stormed onto the stage and ripped off her tiara.

    On the one hand, one could see 'marriage' as being just a word, and if one gets the same rights and benefits from a 'civil union', then who cares if gay people have to use a different word to get the same rights. If a civil union is not available, or doesn't give the same rights, then that is clearly discrimination.

    On the other hand, the arguement that 'marriage' started as a religious institution and should be 'sacred', falls down as soon as we allow secular weddings, or even religious weddings without enforcing adherence to a set of moral laws such as the ten commandments - which of course would be silly.

    Ironic to me, that Hilton, in advocating for gay rights, should come across as less tolerant and accepting, than Prejean.
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    Re: Miss California defends gay stance

    Post  KiwiCrichton on Fri Apr 24, 2009 9:45 am

    Its a beauty contest for Gods sake, I think good on her for NOT saying what she thought the judges wanted to hear.

    I personally couldnt care less what they beleive in. This world of ours is way too PC

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