A dark cloud continues to loom over the 2009 Miss U.S.A. Pageant following the controversial remarks made by Miss California Carrie Prejean.
When Perez Hilton, the openly gay celebrity gossip blogger and Miss U.S.A. Judge asked a question regarding the legalization of gay marriage, Prejean answered:
"I think it's great that Americans are able to choose one or the other. We live in a land that you can choose same-sex marriage or opposite marriage and, you know what, in my country and my family I think that I believe that a marriage should be between a man and a woman. No offense to anyone out there but that's how I was raised and that's how I think it should be between a man and a woman."
Miss North Carolina Kristen Dalton went on to win the crown, leaving Miss California first runner up. Following the pageant, she reacted by saying she's proud she stayed true to her beliefs and wouldn't change the response – even though she believes it cost her the crown.
This is just the latest installment in the gay marriage firestorm. Earlier this month, The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) launched a new religious ad campaign with a commercial entitled A Gathering Storm, which was parodied on The Colbert Report late last week.
NOM's A Gathering Storm
The Colbert Report's A Gathering Storm