- The Washington Times - Friday, April 24, 2009

Beauty contests have turned ugly. Pageants used to celebrate good, old-fashioned values, but today a young lady cannot be crowned Miss USA unless she supports same-sex marriage. Talk about tripping up on the runway.

On Sunday, Miss California Carrie Prejean was rejected for the Miss USA crown because she defended traditional marriage. One of the pageant’s five judges, celebrity blogger Perez Hilton, bluntly asked Miss California if she supported same-sex marriage. Her response was: “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, and that’s how I think it should be.” Mr. Hilton told ABC News that “She lost it because of that question. She was definitely the front-runner before that.”

Mr. Hilton, who is a homosexual, later called Miss Prejean a string of vulgarities unfit for print, said she had “half a brain,” and fumed that he would have ripped the tiara off her head had she won. The judge explained that the San Diego Christian College student wasn’t fit for the title because, “Miss USA should represent all Americans, and with her statement she instantly was divisive and alienated millions of gays and lesbians, their families, friends and supporters.”

Despite Mr. Hilton’s claims, it is Miss Prejean, not the foulmouthed blogger, who is on the side of the vast majority of Americans. Voters in 29 states have passed constitutional amendments defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman. A CBS News poll released on April 3 shows only 33 percent of Americans support same-sex marriage and a mere 27 percent support civil unions.


Donald Trump, who runs the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants, admitted to Fox News that Mr. Hilton’s setup was unfair, saying that “She was going to get killed” no matter how she answered the loaded question. Mr. Trump didn’t condemn Mr. Hilton’s biased, unprofessional and obscene conduct. The Miss USA Pageant’s bullying fits a growing pattern of intimidation against those who hold true to traditional values. After the 2008 Proposition 8 ballot initiative banned same-sex marriage in California, small donors who had given just $100 to support traditional marriage were fired, forced to resign from jobs and intimidated in the workplace. That’s what liberals call tolerance.

Miss California is staring down left-wing hatred with dignity and forgiveness. “I can only say to [Mr. Hilton] that I will be praying for him. I feel sorry for him, I really do.” And she is continuing to stand up for her beliefs: “By having to answer that question in front of a national audience, God was testing my character and faith. I’m glad I stayed true to myself.” Good for her. Carrie Prejean was the real winner in this contest between a beauty and the beast.