Miss USA's gay marriage controversy

Something interesting actually happened at that boring old beauty pageant?

Published April 20, 2009 5:37PM (EDT)

Just when I thought nothing could ever make me care about the Miss USA pageant ever again, Perez Hilton goes and makes it kind of interesting.

Acting as a celebrity judge for the competition, which aired on NBC last night, Hilton asked Miss California Carrie Prejean (previously rumored to be a favorite, in case you weren't keeping track) her opinion on same-sex marriage. Prejean had the decency to look a little stressed as she came up with this somewhat garbled, ultimately obnoxious response, for which she got both cheers and boos:

"I think it's great that Americans are able to choose one or the other. 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."

So, three cheers for "opposite marriage," then?

Hilton, in a video blog on his site, decided once more to forgo that lofty high road, calling Prejean a "dumb bitch" and claiming it was the "worst answer in pageant history," which has prompted at least one staunch gay marriage opponent -- that is, Michelle Malkin -- to demand he issue an apology. 

Prejean came in second place to aspiring motivational speaker Kristen Dalton. But I'm guessing we haven't heard the end of this. You can watch the clip here:


By Abigail Kramer

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