Miss California, Donald Trump, Barack Obama & Gay Marriage

May 12, 2009 1:20pm

ABC’s Hanna Siegel from New York: In true Apprentice style, the Donald has once again made a decision about somebody else’s career and the verdict is…Miss California Carrie Prejean can keep her job.  Prejean, the runner-up in this year’s Trump-owned Miss USA pageant, has proven to be an extremely divisive beauty queen.  Though the official question of whether or not she should be stripped of her title had something to do with partially-nude photos that have recently surfaced, Prejean has enraged some with statements she made during the pageant regarding gay marriage. When asked during April’s contest whether or not she believed in gay marriage, Prejean said, “I think that I believe that a marriage should be between a man and a woman,” sparking immediate controversy.  Many came out against her serving as Miss California including the judge who asked the question, openly gay celebrity blogger Perez Hilton, and co-executive director of the pageant and former Miss California herself Shanna Moakler.  Both helped lead the chorus of calls that she be stripped of her title.  But Trump, the only person with the authority to dethrone Prejean (because of his partial ownership of the franchise), has deemed the pictures “fine,” saying that Prejean was just working as a “model.”  As to the underlying gay marriage issue, Trump has supports Prejean stating her beliefs and cited President Obama as having made similar statements on the controversial topic.    In fact, Trump may have a point.  In a 2007 Chicago Tribune article, then-Senator Obama said, “I’m a Christian. And so, although I try not to have my religious beliefs dominate or determine my political views on this issue … my religious beliefs say that marriage is something sanctified between a man and a woman.”  Which sounds an awful lot like Ms. Prejean’s response to Mr. Hilton.  But as ABC’s Rick Klein points out in his May 7th posting of The Note, Obama’s stance on gay marriage has evolved with his career and it’s often hard to tell what he thinks on the subject.  So it seems California, which last November passed a proposition limiting marriage to a man and a woman, will keep their conservative beauty queen.  It’s worth noting, though, that the newly-crowned but severely overshadowed Miss USA, Kristen Dalton (formerly Miss North Carolina) is supportive of marriage rights for all.

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