Let’s talk about Ms. Carrie Prejean, shall we?
For those who’ve been living under a rock, she was this year’s Miss USA pageant’s runner up- the current Miss California USA- who has recently found herself embroiled in a whole lot o’ controversy.
During the pageant, celebrity (and openly gay) judge Perez Hilton asked Prejean to explain her views on same-sex marriage.
The contestant was very forthright, explaining that she believes in marriage in the “traditional” sense- as in, between a man and a woman.
Thus, the controversy.
Since that fateful night, Carrie Prejean has seen her name and her character mecilessly dragged through the mud.
Well-known people- especially celebrities- have been quite outspoken in their outrage. Michael Musto (a columnist for the Village Voice) even went as far as to compare Prejean to Klaus Barbie… a notorious Nazi war-criminal who was responsible for the deaths of about 4,000 Jews.
Ouch… Harsh, much?
All this anger is completely misguided, and misdirected- and certainly doesn’t win many points for left-wingers (such as myself) who claim to be all about the preservation of personal freedoms.
Anyone who has read anything I’ve written on the subject of homosexuality knows that I am a supporter of Gay Rights. I believe that same-sex marriage should be legalized in all 50 states.
I am completely unapologetic about my views on the topic.
Obviously, I do not have the same opinion as Ms. Prejean when it comes to this particular subject.
She is, however, being attacked for the wrong reasons.
Just as I have the right to express my opinion in support of gay marriage, Carrie Prejean has the right to express her opinion as well- even when, or maybe especially when- her views are not the same as mine.
This is the U.S., for cryin’ out loud.
She was not wrong for answering Perez’s question honestly.
Perez Hilton, on the other hand, came across as a complete idiot.
I realize he wasn’t going to be happy with Prejean’s response.
But to act shocked?
Give me a break.
His entire home state of California- Carrie Prejean’s home as well- just passed Proposition 8 less than a year ago- banning same-sex marriage- and yet Hilton acted as if he was surprised that this is a controversial issue.
He knew better.
Rather than take issue with someone for expressing their honest opinion- something the Constitution affords all of us the right to do- how about taking issue with the fact that she is now a spokesperson for the National Organization for Marriage?
This is a group that actively lobbies to “protect” marriage, fighting to keep homosexuals from being allowed to wed.
It is an organization that’s sole purpose is to make sure that an entire group of fellow human beings- gay people- never enjoy the same rights that the rest of us take for granted.
Personally, I will never have a problem with someone who has a different opinion than me.
I will always, however, have a problem with a person who works to take fundamental rights away from others.
Ironically, it is Ms. Prejean herself who best described my own views on this issue. When Carrie appeared on the “Today Show” on April 30th, Matt Lauer interviewed her, asking if she thought she should have held “her fire” when asked about gay marriage. Her response:
No. I think this is a huge issue right now. People are very passionate about this issue and I think that regardless of our opinions, Matt, I think that we just need to respect each other, even when we disagree. It’s all about respect. (Emphasis added)
She is absolutely correct.
Where’s the respect for another’s opposing views?
A reader once commented to me-
It seems there is such a hard push from one side over what they see as inequality that they are in effect pushing so hard that they may become and in some cases already are oppressive.
The fact that he’s correct- and that he’s referring to people whose views and visions I always believed I shared is shameful.