The Other Miss California Controversy
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. No offense to anybody out there, but that's how I was raised."
After Hilton went on a slandering blogging and Twitter rant, and Prejean told several media sources that her answer had cost her the crown, many Christian media lionized Prejean for standing up for biblical convictions in the face of public scrutiny. The Family Research Council's Tony Perkins released a statement Wednesday saying, "Put simply, Miss Prejean is right: Marriage can only occur between one man and one woman. Mr. Hilton ...1