Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 11 / 15 March 2018

Miss California, come on down!

Equality California on Wednesday extended an invitation to Miss California Carrie Prejean to meet with leaders from her home state, as well as representatives from LGBT organizations, gay youth, and a family headed by a same-sex couple.

The move came, EQCA Executive Director Geoff Kors said, in response to Prejean’s opposition to same-sex marriage, which she discussed during the Miss USA pageant that aired Sunday. Prejean has stated in numerous post-pageant interviews that she believes her response to the question posed by gay blogger Perez Hilton cost her the Miss USA crown; she was named first runner-up.

“Miss California probably doesn’t realize how hurtful her statements are, especially to LGBT youth,” Kors said in a statement. “But this is about something much bigger than the issue of marriage alone, and I have to believe that if she meets us, she will come to see our humanity, and at the very least, I hope she will understand that what she says as Miss California can either hurt people or being them together.”

During the pageant, Hilton asked Prejean about her position on same-sex marriage.

“You know what, in my country, and in my family, I think that I believe a marriage should be between a man and a woman – no offense to anybody out there,” she said.

An e-mail sent to the Miss California USA organization, which participates in the Miss USA pageant, was not immediately returned.

— Cynthia Laird, April 22, 2009 @ 3:02 pm PST
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