Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Did Miss California Really Set Gays Back?

SAN DIEGO (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Despite popular belief, one ignorant beauty queen will have no bearing on the gay community.

This past Sunday (Apr. 19), Miss USA contestant Carrie Prejean, who represented California in the pageant, caused major controversy after admitting she’s 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, “It’s 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 Moe’s, says Prejean’s statement is a step back for gays, but it doesn’t mean they’re down for the count.

He explains, “We’ll prevail in the long run. It’s gonna be a long fight, but we’ll just keep plugging away.”

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