The gay marriage debate has found its way into the celebrity gossip world.
As previously reported and depicted, Miss USA judge Perez Hilton asked contestant Carrie Prejean for her views on the controversial topic. She replied:
We live in a land that you can choose same-sex marriage or opposite marriage and, you know what, in my country and my family I think that I believe that a marriage should be between a man and a woman. No offense to anyone out there, but that's how I was raised and that's how I think it should be between a man and a woman.
Carrie Prejean doesn't believe in gay marriage. We don't believe she offered any reasonable explanation for this view.
Hilton, as you might expect, was aghast at the response.
So was Keith Lewis, the Executive Director of Miss California USA/Teen USA. He wrote the following to Hilton's website:
"As co-executive director of Miss CA USA and one of the leaders of the Miss CA family, I am personally saddened and hurt that Miss CA USA 2009 believes marriage rights belong only to a man and a woman. Although 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. Religious beliefs have no place in politics in the Miss CA family."
Lewis neededn't have added the final few words. Religious beliefs have no place in politics. Period.
FOLLOW THIS ARTICLE'S JUMP TO READ PREJEAN'S RESPONSE TO THE CONTROVERSY."It did cost me my crown," Prejean said on Monday's Billy Bush Show. "I wouldn't have had it any other way. I said what I feel. I stated an opinion that was true to myself and that's all I can do."
"It is a very touchy subject and [Hilton] is a homosexual and I see where he was coming from and I see the audience would've wanted me to be more politically correct. But I was raised in a way that you can never compromise your beliefs and your opinions for anything."
Well said. However, Carrie, it would help to explain WHY you possess such beliefs, wouldn't it?