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Miss California: No to Gay Marriage

Here’s one Californian who we can assume voted for discrimination in her home state.

In last night’s Miss USA Pageant, Miss California, Carrie Prejean, was asked her opinion on same-sex marriage. Needless to say, she’s not a fan.

Prejean says, “We live in a land where you can choose same-sex marriage or opposite marriage. And you know what, I think in my country, in my family, I think that I believe that a marriage should be between a man and a woman. No offence to anybody out there, but that’s how I was raised.”

What troubles me most about Miss California’s response is that she implies that we–and I believe that with “we,” she’s referring to all U.S. citizens–have the choice to marry someone of the same-sex. Unfortunately, this is not true for all U.S. citizens: only those in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, and Vermont have the choice.

In the rest of the 46 states, no “choice” for marriage is offered. And in her home state of California, marriage for same-sex couples is illegal.

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