Miss North Carolina - Kristen Dalton - was crowned Miss USA last night, but the highlight of the night came in the final question round when Miss California, Carrie Prejean, defended traditional marriage when asked by judge Perez Hilton, an openly gay gossip blogger.
Carrie promptly lost and came in second. Granted, this was not a lesson in oratorical genius, but today Perez Hilton said he did not vote for her because of the content of her answer, not the delivery.
The answer sparked a shouting match in the lobby after the show. "It's ugly," said Scott Ihrig, a gay man, who attended the pageant with his partner. "I think it's ridiculous that she got first runner-up. That is not the value of 95 percent of the people in this audience. Look around this audience and tell me how many gay men there are."
One might be inclined to ask if the "fact" (highly questionable if you listen to the applause she got when she said marriage is between one man and one woman) that 95% of people in the audience support gay "marriage" says more about America or more about the insular make-up of the Hollywood audience.
Keith Lewis, who runs the Miss California competition, said today that he was "saddened" by Prejean's statement. "As co-director of the Miss California USA, I am personally saddened and hurt that Miss California believes marriage rights belong only to a man and a woman."
Co-director Shanna Moakler said that she fully supported Lewis' statement.