My wife and I were watching the last 20 minutes of the Miss USA pageant last night when Miss California was asked an interesting question by a judge whom most people (whether right or wrong) would assume was a gay man.
The question basically was if she believed in same sex marriages?
Miss California (Carrie Prejean) answered; "We live in a land where you 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."
Now I'm sure she was surprised by the question and nerves might have played a part in the "...or opposite" blunder, but aside from the start of her answer (which sounded a little like political correctness dancing) she got back on track with a marriage should be between a man and a woman......"no offense".
After her answer the camera cut back to the judge who clearly didn't like her answer and even shaked his head with the disapproval.
Keith Lewis, who runs the Miss California competition, tells FOXNews.com that he was "saddened" by Prejean's statement.
"As co-director of the Miss California USA, I am personally saddened and hurt that Miss California believes marriage rights belong only to a man and a woman," said Lewis in a statement. "I believe all religions should be able to ordain what unions they see fit. I do not believe our government should be able to discriminate against anyone and religious beliefs have no politics in the Miss California family."
So the co-director doesn't hear the answer she wants to hear and she rails immediately against religion and government.
Funny, I didn't hear Miss California talk about religion or the government. She gave her personal opinion just like she was asked to do, and that cost her.
After the pageant was over, Miss California's answer sparked a shouting match in the lobby after the show. "It's ugly," said Scott Ihrig, a gay man, who attended the pageant with his partner. "I think it's ridiculous that she got first runner-up. That is not the value of 95 percent of the people in this audience. Look around this audience and tell me how many gay men there are."
I don't know what pageant Ihrig was at (Or what world he lives in...wait, yes I do), but after Miss California made her statement there was loud bursts of cheering and thundering clapping from the audience as she walked back to her place on the stage.
So did her answer cost her the crown?
I think it did.