Intolerance and the Gay Marriage Debate by Gregory Hilton

Miss California 2009 Carrie Prejean Won First Runner Up in the Miss USA Contest

Miss California 2009 Carrie Prejean Won First Runner Up in the Miss USA Contest


“What I find so remarkable is that these politically-motivated attacks fail to show that what Carrie (Miss California) and I believe is also what President Obama and Secretary Clinton believe — marriage is between a man and a woman.” — Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. Yes, but when Obama believes it, it’s not bigotry. Carrie’s position is shared by every 2008 Democratic presidential candidate, except Kucinich.

Carrie Prejean was the First Runner Up in the Miss USA contest s well as being Miss California. She received an avalanche of publicity because of her opposition to gay marriage. I posted a poll on this topic and I asked students “Do you think she is right or wrong?” People have strong views on both sides and I have received 95 comments. Here is the quote I used: “I’m a Christian. I do believe that tradition, and my religious beliefs say that marriage is something sanctified between a man and a woman.”
What I did not tell them is that the quote was not from Miss California, it was President Obama’s statement. It was fascinating to me that no student objected to the President, while Miss California was accused of being a homophobe.
In a TV interview Perez Hilton said “She is a dumb bitch . . . she has half a brain.” He went on to say it was his intention to storm the stage and rip off her tiara if Miss California had won. He gave her a zero based on her answer, and his action cost her the title. The following Facebook groups were created immediately after the Miss USA contest.
1) “Carrie Prejean is a sad, pitiful homophobe. Poor thing.”
2) “I Cannot Condone the Views of Miss California, Carrie Prejean”
3) “Carrie Prejean why aren’t your 15 minutes up yet!!”
4) “Carrie Prejean is wrong — real beauty is more than just skin deep.” They have photos of her with an X over her face the word “UGLY” is superimposed.
This experience is further evidence of the left reacting with vitriolic anger and hatred. They, who are compassionate and encourage peaceful understanding, are the first to attack when their beliefs are questioned. Examples are Jeanine Garafalo and Keith Olberman who claim Tea Party participants are racist rednecks.
The Defense of Marriage Act states: “No state (or other political subdivision within the United States) needs to treat a relationship between persons of the same sex as a marriage, even if the relationship is considered a marriage in another state.”
The bill was passed by Congress by a vote of 85-14 in the Senate, and a vote of 342-67 in the House of Representatives. It was signed into law by President Bill Clinton on September 21, 1996 just a few weeks prior to his re-election. George W. Bush had nothing to do with it.
I have not heard any lawmaker advocating discrimination or the denial of civil rights to homosexuals. In fact, they say just the opposite in supporting civil unions with legal protections. Presidents Obama, Clinton and Carter do not support gay marriage but they are not against civil rights. The Congress has said we should not completely redefine what the institution of marriage is and has been for all of mankind just to appease the gay community.
America did have slavery and women were denied the right to vote but there is nothing stopping homosexuals from living together in a committed relationship. Advocates of gay marriage claim gay couples need marriage in order to have hospital visitation and inheritance rights, but they can easily obtain these rights by writing a living will and having each partner designate the other as trustee and heir. There is nothing stopping gay couples from signing a joint lease or owning a house jointly, as many single straight people do with roommates.

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One response to “Intolerance and the Gay Marriage Debate by Gregory Hilton

  1. SHE is absolutly right and Same Sex mariage coming from 1968 abuses heritages have wrong.
    Let that to European decadence NOT in America

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