It’s 2009. LGBT awareness and tolerance is at an all time high. Just last week, Vermont became the 4th state in the Union to legalize same-sex marriage. We as Americans are progressively moving toward a time and place where equality truly reigns supreme.
However, still lingering are people like Carrie Prejean, better known as Miss California of the ’09 Miss USA beauty pageant. When asked by the self-proclaimed “Queen of Media” himself, Perez Hilton, what her opinions were on gay marriage, Prejean stated, “We live in a land where we 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.”
Prejean’s comments have caused a massive uproar among same-sex advocates, for good reason. However, I can’t help but wonder – what does it matter? I mean, when did the words of a beauty pageant contestant become in any way relevant to the way the public feels? I don’t know about you, but when I’m looking for some enlightenment on today’s prominent political issues, I don’t look to the contestants of Miss USA.
I’m a huge supporter of same-sex marriage, but I can’t bring myself to be angry at Carrie Prejean when she presented her opinion in such a respectful manner. She didn’t imply that homosexuality should be illegal or that gay individuals should be stripped of their rights. All she said was that she believes marriage should be between a man and a women, and that that’s simply how she was brought up. No big deal. That’s just her opinion.
Besides, don’t we have bigger fish to fry than to get all pissed off at one person’s comments?