Miss USA Pageant Controversy

Michele Zipp
Carrie Prejean Miss California

Photo from Miss USA of

Miss California Carrie Prejean

If you didn't see the Miss USA pageant on Sunday, you've probably heard about the controversy surrounding Miss California when she answered a question from celebrity judge Perez Hilton (blogger extraordinaire who is openly gay) about her thoughts on gay marriage.

Carrie Prejean, Miss California, said: I think it's great 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. Thank you very much.

There was a mix of boos and applause. Perez was on Larry King on Monday saying her comment made her lose the contest.

In this CafeMom poll, 40 percent think it's good she lost her chance at the crown because of her comment.

One mom had this to say: Instead of denouncing gay marriage, she could have put a positive spin on her answer and said that she supported civil unions for gays. She would not have compromised her integrity and would not have alienated a significant portion of the population. 

Others said it was good that she was honest.

I have to be honest -- I felt some of the women in the pageant looked a bit plastic. I turned it off before seeing the comment by Prejean. I was rooting for Miss Virginia and Miss West Virginia -- they were my favorites.

By the way, Miss North Carolina Kristen Dalton won. 

What do you think of beauty pageants today? Do you watch?


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