Miss USA Runner-Up Nabs Spotlight

Miss North Carolina may have won the contest, but she's not the one getting all the attention.

The "Miss California Question," as it's being called, and her response to
legalizing gay marriage sparked an angry debate after the show and people on both sides were fuming.

Celebrity judge Perez Hilton, an openly gay man is the one who posed the question about whether all states should legalize gay marriage at the Miss USA Pageant Sunday night. Miss California, Carrie Prejean, said, "I think it's great that Americans are able to choose one or the other. We live In a land that you can choose same-sex marriage or opposite marriage and, you know what, in my country and my family I think that i believe that a marriage should be between a man and a woman. No offense to anyone out there, but that's how I was raised, and that's how I think it should be, between a man and a woman."

The reaction from Hilton was obvious. the audience was a mix of boos and cheers.

Candice Nichols with the Gay and Lesbian Community Center in Southern Nevada disagrees with Miss California's response, saying, "In my country and in my family we feel differently and we feel that it's equal rights for all, but she's definitely entitled to her opinion."

In the end it was Miss North Carolina, Kristen Dalton, an East Carolina University student, who was crowned Miss USA 2009. Miss California was the runner-up. Prejean told a talk show Monday her response cost her the crown.

In terms of publicity, Miss California is the winner, at least on YouTube. The crowning of the winner has nearly reached 21,000 views while the Miss California Question clip, has now surpassed 500,000.


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  • by Derek Location: Greenville on Jun 26, 2009 at 05:24 PM
    Apologies for your loss, but at the same time, why pretend to be something we are not? Take care.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Jun 26, 2009 at 10:05 AM
    I am against it. I think I have made that clear. You are assuming it would be legal in all states? It cannot even make it past California. I am confident it would not pass in NC or SC if given to public vote. I can also assure you that Al, who was black was shunned by his own race. It is my understanding that african americans are very much against it as is your president. So, thanks again for bringing up reminders of a very sad memory. Sorry you think that this is an OK lifestyle.
  • by Derek Location: Greenville on Jun 26, 2009 at 09:23 AM
    you mean change your mind to be "for" gay marriage right? If gays were allowed to be married in all states, does that not entitle them to have a "family" that your friend did not necessarily have?
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Jun 26, 2009 at 08:37 AM
    Derek, I am acknowledging what he is going through and what your family is going through. I only hope you hang with him through his ordeal. The man I mentioned, parents and family denied their son/brother exisited when they found out. His fraternity was all he had left. That part of "treatment" people feel for these people, is sad. I will not change my mind to be against gay marriage.
  • by Derek Location: Greenville on Jun 25, 2009 at 04:43 PM
    OSOC - also thanks for acknowleding that you "know" my uncle and what life he leads...
  • by Derek Location: Greenville on Jun 25, 2009 at 04:40 PM
    That is a still a weak argument. A dangerous lifestyle are people that participate in dangerous sports, stunt men etc. Your arguments speak of all homosexuals will inherit the virus, where in many cases homosexual couples may never contract it. My point is to promote equality, not segregation of two groups - those that can marry and those that are not allowed to. All people are responsible for their actions, and everyone at some time will have to answer for them. By denying one group of people the right to get married will not stop the spread of HIV/AIDS. Only education and awareness will, and that extends to heterosexual couples as well. You can not believe in homosexual marriage, but you cannot assume that all homosexuals live a dangerous lifestyle. If you want to save some from HIV/AIDS, do something productive and support a non-profit that promotes HIV/AIDS awareness. Don't just sit there and denounce gays for wanting to get married.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Jun 25, 2009 at 09:46 AM
    Obviously, some gays do not do drugs with needles. You keep focusing on hatred of gays. I don't, once again, hate gays. They are what they are for whatever reason. I only post that it is a dangerous lifestyle as it sounds like you uncle has found out. He is my very point for posting against it. I have told you about a fraternity brother who died of Aids more than once and how that is why I post. I am trying to save some from a very sad way to leave this earth. Why you keep missing this point, I have no idea. I don't expect anyone to treat gays any differently, I just don't believe in homosexual marriage.
  • by Derek Location: Greenville on Jun 25, 2009 at 05:37 AM
    OSOC - by the way, thanks for the C-, I'll take a C- for research over an F in straight marriage any day.
  • by Derek Location: Greenville on Jun 25, 2009 at 05:36 AM
    Well, since it is transmitted by both intercourse and needles, how can we tell the difference. I understand your hate for homosexuals, typical for a conservative. I bet you are full of hate information from right-wing websites. I will even bet you blamed earthquakes in California, hurricanes in the Gulf, blackouts in the Northeast, flooding along the Mississippi all on homosexuals. Well let me explain my point of view, my uncle is gay and is living with HIV. Do you want me to shun him like you shun your fellow humans? No. Most people will have to admit that they know someone is gay. I even know heterosexuals that have HIV/AIDS and they are still great people. You can sit there in your chair spread intolerance and hate, but I am going to enjoy what time I have left with my uncle. We all make mistakes OSOC, but your hate and intolerance will leads to others feeling alone in their final days. Me, I choose to celebrate the person. You, you prefer the lynch-mob approach.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Jun 24, 2009 at 04:14 PM
    Selective hearing is for the older married guys. Selective reporting here is spew and missinformation. You obviously didn't look at gay behavior and its effect. You get a C-. The needle is a much smaller contributor. Still got that denial thing going for you? Hows that changey, hopey thing going? I instucted you to go away from the sites that try to blame it on anything but homosexual behavior. A C-
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