You may remember Carrie Prejean as Miss California in the Miss USA pageant of a little while ago. In a moment of candor rare for a beauty pageant contestant, she answered a question about gay marriage by saying she wasn’t down.
Perez Hilton, the gossip monger who asked the question, then made her the most famous runner up in beauty pageant history.
Earlier this week we learned Ms. Prejean became the spokesmodel for a group called the National Organization for Marriage. Few people had heard about this group before Prejean raised its profile, which I guess is the point. It’s enough that she believes in the absurd proposition that allowing gays to marry somehow threatens straight marriage, or the institution of marriage, or whatever. Gay marriage opponents are never really clear about the nature of the threat.
Carrie Prejean’s recent tour of the talk show circuit yielded precious little in the way of enlightenment regarding her views. She did a phoner with Greta Van Susteren, only to punt on issues like civil unions and adoptions. “I can’t answer that” seemed to be her most comfortable refrain. So be it. Somehow the lyrics “Don’t know much about history, don’t know much biology” drift through the mind.
Yet Carrie Prejean’s extension of her 15 minutes of fame tell us much not about her, but about the state of the religious right. They’ve seen a corn belt state, Iowa, legalize gay marriage. Now it’s one thing for “liberal” states like New York or California to legalize gay marriage (neither has, BTW). To see five states make it legal, and seeing new polls that say opposition is evaporating has them casting about for a fresh approach. And along comes Carrie Prejean, following in the footsteps of another anti gay beauty queen, Anita Bryant. It must seem like manna from heaven.
We’ve said before that Carrie Prejean has every right to speak her mind, something that Perez Hilton ought to have known before her turned this young woman into a cause. She also has the right to have breast augmentation surgery in an ultimately futile attempt to win the Miss USA pageant. That surgery, mind you was paid for in part by the Miss California Pageant itself.
Pageant co-director Keith Lewis, irony of ironies, is gay. No word on whether he plans to marry.
Carrie Prejean’s breasts are her own, to do with as she pleases. Her implants hurt no one but possibly herself.
Who exactly gets hurt if gays are allowed to marry?