Miss California USA Carrie Prejean was asked during the Miss USA pagent whether she believed in gay marriage. Her response: “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.”
The co-directors, Keith Lewis and Shanna Moakler, were split on their opinions, but the real furor was in the lobby after the pagent.
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.”
Charmaine Koonce, the mother of Miss New Mexico USA Bianca Matamoros-Koonce, argued back.
“In the Bible it says marriage is between Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve!”
First, I don’t think Miss California needed to apologize for her beliefs. They’re rooted in Christianity. Second, much of America would be shocked and dismayed to hear that one of the co-directors would be shocked and dismayed by someone actually having an opposite opinion to his on the subject. If all you’re doing is trying to get your agenda across by asking softball questions and getting stock answers, what’s the point in having this part of the pagent? Everyone should be the same? I don’t think so…On another note, I’m surprised a bit that Shanna Moakler, a former Playboy playmate, would actually have come to some more mainstream views. Or at least would allow someone to have them…*Stands and applauds*
Lastly, who cares what some openly gay man in the crowd has to say? To make a comment as if the main focus of the pagent is to entertain gay men…how absurd.
All that being said, we must be Catholic. Unapologetically Catholic. We must embrace all our fellow-man. In order to convert the world, we must meet them ALL where they are. That does not mean we kowtow to their beliefs, but we must find some common ground so that we can engage in productive dialog. Not having shout-downs. I understand the reality that there are people with same-sex attractions. (I personally refuse to identify someone based on their sexuality.) These are people-real men and real women. With crosses to bear. We should not further burden them, but we do need to help them bear their crosses. We all have them, some are more evident than others.
Peace be with all of you!