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The Other Miss California Controversy

Carrie Prejean might have stood up for Christian sexual ethics by skipping the Miss USA pageant altogether.

By the time a story like Miss California's has been covered on blogs and in tweets for three days, it seems like old news. On Tuesday, the editors at Her.meneutics discussed how to cover 21-year-old Carrie Prejean's answer to celebrity blogger Perez Hilton's question about same-sex marriage in the Miss USA pageant Sunday. At first the story seemed to offer too much hype and not enough meat. But of course, the mere fact that Prejean's answer - which more or less conveyed what many U.S. citizens still believe about marriage and family - got so much attention is the story.

When Hilton, who is gay, asked the politically charged question, "Vermont recently became the fourth state to legalize same-sex marriage. Do you think every state should follow suit? Why or not?" Prejean answered, "We live in a land where you can choose same-sex marriage or opposite [marriage]. 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. ...

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