Wrong Answer?

During the recent Miss USA pageant,  Perez Hilton, one of the judges, asked Carrie Prejean  (Miss California) if every state should follow Vermont in legalizing same sex marriage.  She responded by saying “No offense to anyone out there, but in my family, I was raised to believe that marriage should be between a man and a woman.”  (This quote may not be exactly correct word for word since I am going by memory, but I am sure that it is close.)

The judge, who is openly gay, was not happy with her answer. 

Recently California had a statewide vote on the issue, and gay marriage was soundly defeated.  It appears to me, that Miss California correctly represented the majority of her state with her answer.  Actually, in every state where the issue has been put to a popular vote, gay marriage has been soundly defeated, so her answer also appears to represent the majority of Americans.  She also remained true to her own personal moral and religious convictions, even though she probably realized that it was not the answer that the judge wanted to hear.  She demonstrated a moral integrity to her personal values that should be commended. 

Or has moral integrity somehow become a bad thing?

I hope not.

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8 Responses to “Wrong Answer?”

  1. morsec0de Says:

    “Actually, in every state where the issue has been put to a popular vote, gay marriage has been soundly defeated, so her answer also appears to represent the majority of Americans.”

    Just to be clear, it seems to be a very slim majority, and the gap seems to be shrinking.

    Could I be wrong about that? Sure. But all the studies I’ve seen seem to confirm it.

    “She demonstrated a moral integrity to her personal values that should be commended. ”

    Agreed.

    I disagree with her opinion. But of course she has the right to say it and hold it.

    • Pastor Curt Says:

      morsecode,
      The phrases “a slim majority” and “soundly defeated” are both somewhat vague. The only way to know that the margin is shrinking is for a second vote to be taken in a state, and that hasn’t happened to my knowledge.

      • morsec0de Says:

        Certainly.

        But you also have to take into consideration that this is a small minority (I believe it was 52 to 48 %) of the people who voted. Which is only a percentage of the population.

        Again, I could easily be wrong, but I would not be surprised if the majority are in favor of gay marriage. But a large amount of those in favor of it just don’t care enough to vote for anything. But, like I said, I could be wrong.

  2. Pastor Curt Says:

    morsecOde,

    I suspect that we run in different circles:) I would have said that the majority of the silent, disapprove of gay marriage. I too, could be wrong. It is probably not good to presume to speak for those who choose to remain silent.

    However, we are straying from the primary point of this post. I do not think that the judge should have asked a question that is emotionally charged, and highly divisive in nature. Then, secondly, he should not have penalized the contestant for not agreeing with his own position.

    What do you think would have happened if a straight judge had asked a gay contestant the same question, and then penalized them for saying that it should be legalized? Can you imagine the outcry of the gay community?

    That type of question should not be a part of the pageant. Was any other contestant asked a similar question? I will confess that I do not normally follow beauty pageants so I cannot say, but I think that a highly divisive question does not belong in that context.

  3. Gloria Says:

    the thing that outrages me is that the judge has been so ugly in his responses to this. Where oh where is the tolerance for someone who doesn’t agree with him? Or is it that tolerance should only be toward him, from all those who don’t agree with him? Hmmm that is hypocritcal in my book.
    She was very polite in her response, she recognized that there were those who would not agree but he asked her not them. California picked her – like it or not – they did. Whether you agree with her or not, I am way impressed that she was true to her beliefs at the cost of being number one. Yet much of his responses afterward have to be ‘bleeped’ — I am not impressed with his character.
    The one I feel truly bad for is the contestant that won. All this publicity and the comment that continues to fly is that if Miss California would have answered differently she would have won. I would think that would sure stink if I was the one who won. Who did win? I don’t even know —

  4. Pastor Curt Says:

    Gloria,

    Miss North Carolina was the winner. I am sure that she will enjoy her year as Miss USA. This current controversy will calm down and she will go on with all of the events and activities that that will fill her schedule. It should be a wonderful experience for her.

  5. Nomad Says:

    Perez Hilton is a hypocrite — of course the question was about personal belief, just look at how he’s reacting

  6. Pastor Curt Says:

    He certainly was angry that she expressed her opinion that marriage was between a man and a woman.

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