Beauty Pageant Director Slams Carrie Prejean, Gay Marriage Stance

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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:

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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."

She added:

"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?

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Why does everyone keep talking like marriage was exclusive to Christianity? I know of many people that got married and never stepped into a church. It's stupid to use Christianity as a reason to be against gay marriage. Face it, this is not a Christian country. This is a country where people choose what religion to follow and how to follow it.

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TO ALL BEAUTY CONTESTS , IF YOU EVER HAVE A SCUM BAG LIKE PEREZ HILTON INVOLVED IN YOUR EVENT , I WILL PERSONALLY ORGANIZE A NATION WIDE BOYCOTT AGAINST YOU.

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So basically what Douchebag Hilton is saying is that women are only for looks (not his obviously) and should not speak...wow. Only in America can you become famous and rich for doing absolutely NOTHING.

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totally true gloria perez hilton was LITERALLY handing out tee-shirts with barack obama's face on them during the election, and obama was very clear about his stand on gay-marraige. he's the politician, she's just a pageant contestant. i could understand why he'd be upset if she said anything mean spirited but she didnt, she was asked her opinion and she gave it. everyone, including you, is entitled to express there opinion. a question like that should have never been asked if he wasn't prepared to hear someone else's opinion.

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She believes the same as fellow Christian Obama who is against gay marriage. Ugly Perez Hilton should go marry a ham sandwich.

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Religion has no place in politics? Nonsense. Religion has no place in government. Government has no place in religion. It's called separation of church and state. It's not called separation of citizens from their beliefs. You folks are highly confused.

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it wasnt because she was being honest, it was because she hurt many people's feeling by saying that. yes, she is entitled to her opinion, but there are definitely better ways to voice it. there is no right or wrong here. she decided to say that, and she lost. there is no regret, just unfortunate.

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I'm not shocked at all that Perez asked her for an opinion, didn't get the one HE wanted, and cussed her out... Its just the state of the world that its okay for gays to discriminate against Christians for their opinion. Welcome to the world of the pariah

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1. She didn't really answer the question. She was asked to elaborate why she believed or didn't believe that same-sex marriage should be legalized. 2. What is this "gay agenda" everyone keeps talking about? All that most gay people want is the same right that the rest of us have: to marry the person that they love. 3. John: It doesn't make sense to say that people are being intolerant towards her because she expressed intolerant views. That's like saying people are intolerant towards racists.

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I'm pretty sure that if Mr. Hilton had asked her if she thought everyone should be gay, and she said "no", he probably would have found a way to string her up by her words as well. His personal attack on her intelligence (apparently for mistakenly assuming honesty is the best policy) is only trumped in its disgracefulness by the sheer fact that a hateful gossip-monger would ever be permitted to be in a position of influence in a competition such as this. Shame on the pageant committee for (purposefully or inadvertantly, doesn't matter) creating this completely unnecessary and distracting hailstorm of ill will where there should be celebration of outward and inward beauty instead.

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