Should Same Sex Marriage Be Legal?

By: Courtney Rochon
By: Courtney Rochon

Courtney blogs about same sex marriage.

I happened to catch the Perez Hilton v. Miss California Q & A showdown live Sunday night.  For those of you who for some reason don’t know what I’m talking about, celebrity blogger Perez Hilton asked Carrie Prejean the following:


"Vermont recently became the fourth state to legalize same sex marriage. Do you think every state should follow suit? Why or why not?"


The minute he asked the question, I gasped.  It was an amazing question that I knew, no matter what Miss California answered, would be dissected in the media.  Prejean answered, "Well I think it's great that Americans are able to choose one or the other. Um, we live in a land that you can choose same sex marriage or opposite marriage and, you know what, in my country and in, in my family, I think that I believe that a marriage should be between a man and a woman.  No offense to anybody out there. But that's how I was raised and that's how I think that it should be between a man and a woman."


You could tell Hilton, who is openly gay, was hurt by Prejean’s answer to the question.  People have been speculating since the Pageant whether or not her answer cost her the crown.  I don’t think we’ll every really know.  Hilton went on the offensive and started slamming Miss California on his blog and on national news shows.  Prejean has said she stands by her answer, saying it is her true feelings.  I commend both of them for standing up for their convictions.


The greatest thing that has come out of all of this is a national dialogue on legalizing same sex marriages.  It is an issue so many people feel so strongly about on both sides.  It is something that four states now have done.


As much as I would love to share my opinions on the issue, I’ll maintain my objectivity.  However, I would love to know what you think.


Should same sex marriages be legal?  Why or why not?


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