This past Sunday (Apr. 19), Miss USA contestant Carrie Prejean, who represented California in the pageant, caused major controversy after admitting shes against gay marriage during the interview portion of the contest.
Though many in the LGBT community have berated the beauty queen for her insensitivity, Fernando Lopez of Marriage Equality USA is glad she badmouthed equal marital rights.
He says, Its unfortunate any time anyone uses a public stage against equal rights, but it creates a dialogue so it can be a good thing.
Gay businessman Chris Shaw, who owns popular San Diego gay bar Urban Moes, says Prejeans statement is a step back for gays, but it doesnt mean theyre down for the count.
He explains, Well prevail in the long run. Its gonna be a long fight, but well just keep plugging away.
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