Thursday, April 30, 2009

Ms. Cal. to campaign for straight marriage

Miss California, the beauty pageant contestant who lost the Miss USA competition due to her views on gay marriage is set to begin waging a campaign in defense of traditional marriage -- and against the rights of homosexuals to wed.

"I'm going to do whatever it protect marriage," said the infamous pageant star, whose real name is Carrie Prejean. She now stars in an ad from a group that supports keeping marriage between one man and one woman.

Previously, I had defended Ms. Prejean's right to dissent with pageant judge Perez Hilton. She had every right to say what her beliefs were.

However, I think it's sad that anti-gay marriage proponents have to continuously call the gay marriage movement an assault on the institution. Marriage needs "protection" in their eyes.

But protection from what? If gay marriage is legalized, no one else's marriage is going to be affected by it. Church's will still be able to say no to gay couples -- protecting any religion's right to deny whomever they want to marry (they do this already with straights).

All that legalizing gay marriage will do will extend marriage benefits to gay couples -- that's it. There won't be any institution ruined, seeing as couples already can marry outside the traditional institution (that is, they can have a wedding without the church if they wanted to). Extending these rights to gays and lesbians causes no harm to you or me, period.

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