Here's the report from FOXnews:
When asked by judge Perez Hilton, an openly gay gossip blogger, whether she believed in gay marriage, Miss California, Carrie Prejean, said 'We live in a land where you can choose same-sex marriage or opposite. And you know what, I think 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 of course, backlash immediately followed.
Which is ridiculous on a number of levels. Consider first that she was asked a question by a gay person. The natural response to a question is an answer, hopefully an honest one, which Miss California gave. She even couched it in "In America you can do what you want, whether I like it or not" type language. And yet, for giving an honest answer to a question she was asked directly (which, apparently unbeknownst to her, only had one right answer), she gets skewered.
There was even an argument in the lobby after the pageant. Is it sinful that I think a fight in the Miss America lobby is one of the funniest things possible?
But check out the comment from Keith Lewis, the man who runs the Miss California pageant: "Keith Lewis, who runs the Miss California competition, tells FOXNews.com that he was 'saddened' by [Miss California's] statement. 'As co-director of the Miss California USA, I am personally saddened and hurt that Miss California believes marriage rights belong only to a man and a woman...'"
Here's why this actually matters: we have come to a point on this issue where in the court of public opinion, there is only one answer if you don't want to be convicted as a bigot. Even Miss California's honest and tempered response is considered ignorant and saddening. As usual, there is no attempt to actually discuss why one does or does not believe that gay marriage should be allowed. No: it is multiple choice, not an essay. Pick your answer and don't tell anyone why you think it. Just make sure you pick the right one.