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married In a June 15 press release, national LGBT-rights group The Empowering Spirits Foundation (ESF) called upon the worldwide gay-lesbian-other community to immediately cease attacking Carrie Prejean, the People’s Miss California USA.

The ESF, a grassroots San Diego, Calif. organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender normalcy, issued the alert amidst a growing worldwide backlash against homosexual activists like Perez Hilton, Keith Lewis, and others who have repeatedly used intimidation, threats, firings, and attacks on the Prejean family to advance gay rights.

“Demeaning Carrie Prejean or others by using terms such as bigot will not advance our cause of civil rights and social justice,” said A. Latham Staples, executive director of the Empowering Spirits Foundation. “We must not marginalize someone just because they believe differently, as this is the very respect in differing opinion we are asking for from them.”

The ESF’s call for a retreat from demeaning others is, in the minds of many, continued proof that the LGBT movement has been severely damaged by its gay bullying tactics and smear campaigns aimed at Prejean, a fan-favorite beauty queen who continues to rally people of good will everywhere to her cause for traditional marriage.

Unlike the Perez Hiltons of the world, the ESF correctly understands that American citizens like Prejean have the right to express opinions without fear of reprisals and punishment. The organization expressed hope that “both sides can engage in respectful dialogue and come to see similarities rather than differences.”

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recentnewsA recent Gallup Poll reports that the American public is rejecting gay marriage and rallying to traditional marriage.

The percentage of Americans who do not want same-sex marriage to become law rose from 53 percent to 57 percent since 2007.  The percentage of those who favor gay marriage dropped from 46 percent to 40 percent over the same period. The move represents a  reversal of pro-gay-marriage sentiment, which began to appear in the late 1990s.

Observers say various events may be responsible for the changing tide. From the overreaching judicial imposition of gay marriage upon the traditional marriage state of Iowa, to the ongoing public relations attack on beauty queen Carrie Prejean led by blogger Perez Hilton (and more recently by Keith Lewis at Miss USA’s K2 Productions), gay bullying tactics and aggression are backfiring everywhere, causing rapid erosion of public support for same sex marriage. 

Which brings us to our popular Weekend Poll Question:

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prejeanwalkCarrie Prejean has left the pageant world to pursue new opportunities, including a potentially huge book deal.

Less than a month after receiving her crown as Miss California, the San Diego beauty and pro-marriage spokesmodel has reportedly broken her contract with K2 Productions, the independent producers of the Miss California USA pageant who demanded that Prejean appear in Playboy and also in the reality series “I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!” 

According to one news report, Prejean was constrained by the pageant contract and continued to pursue outside opportunities beyond the zesty, sexist roles K2 assigned to Miss California. The press release from K2 confirmed that the organization fired her for failing to comply with contract demands: “This was a decision based solely on contract violations,” said Keith Lewis, executive director of K2 Productions.

In an interview with TMZ, the Miss USA runner-up noted that the pressure from Keith Lewis of K2 Productions was blatantly political: “What’s behind this, I think, is a political debate. They don’t agree with the stance that I took [on gay marriage and Prop 8]…. From day one they wanted me out, and they got what they wanted.”

Now that the much rumored break is final, Prejean is free to write books and take on other lucrative opportunities unaffiliated with the pageant, such as working with FOX News, which Prejean guest hosted in recent weeks.

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marriagephotoThe adage “April showers bring May flowers” comes to mind for this installment of Marriage Month in Review, our monthly look back at the events and people who shaped the outlook for marriage and family in America.

First the April showers. On April 3, a Category 5 judicial hurricane devastated Iowa citizens when a handful of State Supreme Court justices imposed unnatural marriage law upon the people against their will, striking down the state’s 1998 Defense of Marriage Act and denying Iowans the right  to determine their own laws. The move set the people of Iowa scrambling to correct the judicial overreach, and citizen groups affirmed they will reinstate traditional marriage via a constitutional amendment as early as 2011.

As we near the end of another month, “April showers bring May flowers” comes to mind in the latest installment of This Month in Marriage News.
Despite setbacks from a month ago–chief among them, the imposition of gay marriage upon a vastly opposed Iowan citizenry  by activist judges–May has given the American family many reasons to cheer. A quick review of important headlines reveals that the marriage movement has picked up steam and has discovered a roadmap to rebuilding marriage and family after decades of legal and cultural deterioration. Here’s a look at some of the more sensational headlines, with a brief reflection on what it means to the future of American life:
California Ruling Shows Hurdles Remain for Gay Marriage 
Highlight quote: The ruling Tuesday by California’s Supreme Court upholding a ban on same-sex marriages shows that…the road toward full marriage rights remains difficult — particularly when voters are given a direct say”
Setback to Gay Marriage in New Hampshire
The state’s House of Representatives on Wednesday rejected changes that Gov. John Lynch had ordered for the same-sex marriage bill…The vote made the bill’s survival less certain.
“Prejean Praised by The Donald, Hailed as Queen Esther
Trump, Obama, Miss California Share Opposition to Same Sex Marriage
Miss California Keeps Title
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/13/us/13beauty.htmlMiss California keeps her crown, and her opinions
Melissa Etheridge in limbo after gay marriage ruling
Shanna Moakler quits as Miss Calif. USAAs we near the end of another month, “April showers bring May flowers” comes to mind in the latest installment of This Month in Marriage News.
Despite setbacks from a month ago–chief among them, the imposition of gay marriage upon a vastly opposed Iowan citizenry  by activist judges–May has given the American family many reasons to cheer. A quick review of important headlines reveals that the marriage movement has picked up steam and has discovered a roadmap to rebuilding marriage and family after decades of legal and cultural deterioration. Here’s a look at some of the more sensational headlines, with a brief reflection on what it means to the future of American life:
California Ruling Shows Hurdles Remain for Gay Marriage 
Highlight quote: The ruling Tuesday by California’s Supreme Court upholding a ban on same-sex marriages shows that…the road toward full marriage rights remains difficult — particularly when voters are given a direct say”
Setback to Gay Marriage in New Hampshire
The state’s House of Representatives on Wednesday rejected changes that Gov. John Lynch had ordered for the same-sex marriage bill…The vote made the bill’s survival less certain.
“Prejean Praised by The Donald, Hailed as Queen Esther
Trump, Obama, Miss California Share Opposition to Same Sex Marriage
Miss California Keeps Title
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/13/us/13beauty.htmlMiss California keeps her crown, and her opinions
Melissa Etheridge in limbo after gay marriage ruling
Shanna Moakler quits as Miss Calif. USA director 

But if April gave citizens reason to worry over the fate of families stripped of vital legal protections, May offered Americans a slew of reasons to cheer.  A review of the month’s top headlines reveals that the national marriage movement picked up steam and confirmed a state-by-state roadmap to rebuilding marriage after decades of legal and cultural deterioration.

Here’s a look at headlines that made an impact on marriage this past month:

Stay tuned for June’s Marriage Month in Review.

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prejeancommons2Marriage spokesmodel Carrie Prejean was spotted hosting “Fox & Friends” on Wednesday at 6 a.m. Eastern time following California’s Prop 8 amendment victory at the State Supreme Court. Miss California 2009 delivered the day’s news while discussing her busy agenda following the Miss USA pageant, which included a scheduled visit with U.S. troops Wednesday evening.

“I’m so excited…I’m going on the USS Ronald Reagan with five thousand troops,” said the collected California beauty queen, who fielded questions from co-hosts Brian Kilmaede and Steve Doocy while sitting in for Fox News Channel regular Gretchen Carlson.

The San Diego native will be flown out to the super aircraft carrier to show support for U.S. troops and also her sister, who is a second lieutenant.

“San Diego is a huge military town, and I’m very, very excited to meet the troops and show my support for them,” said the first time Fox guest host.

Prejean, 22, told the audience she is a junior at college and is studying to be a teacher but has taken time off to carry out a range of public activities as Miss California 2009.

Co-host Brian Kilmeade asked about Perez Hilton’s controversial remarks to Prejean during the Miss USA finals, noting that that model was vindicated by Tuesday’s court ruling upholding traditional marriage in California. Upon hearing that her marriage views matched a statement by the California Supreme Chief Justice saying marriage can be between a man and a woman only, Prejean cheerfully remarked, “So, I’m not the bad guy…I’m glad the people in California got to vote on this.”

The morning panel also addressed this year’s “American Idol” finalists. Prejean claimed to be an Adam Lambert fan, noting a common San Diego connection to Idol’s No. 2 singer. Reflecting on Lambert’s position as runner-up to Idol champion Kris Allen, Prejean affirmed, “Adam is going to be very successful. Sometimes the second-place winner becomes more successful than the actual winner.”

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PennsylvaniaSealA column in the Philadelphia Daily News reports that the State of Pennsylvania, like nearly the rest of the United States, is taking a stand for marriage and children. According to recent polling, support for legal protections of the biological family in that state crosses race and religion, as a majority of Catholics, African Americans, seniors, and evangelicals stand in solidarity for natural marriage. 

Indeed, the Keystone State may be soon be joining states like California that have by democratic processes granted marriage constitutional protection as a unique contract between men and women only. Republican state Sen. John Eichelberger is reportedly introducing an amendment to the state constitution that would prevent a small panel of anti-democratic judges from imposing their same-sex marriage preferences upon the vast majority of citizens, as tragically occurred in Iowa last April.

The polling trends in Pennsylvania, while consistent with those across much of the United States, are driving some anti-marriage activists into a slanderous tizzy. “Clearly, Pennsylvania is among Alabama and Mississippi in terms of gay rights,” said Malcolm Lazin, who heads up a gay group in Philadelphia.

Dishing hateful spite on marriage supporters is standard rhetorical strategy for gay activists, and, in one form or another, the Philadelphia Daily News column labels Pennsylvania’s stand for families and children as a view of the uneducated, the aged, or the bigoted. 

Far from ignorance and bigotry, reason and common sense prove over and over that marriage is a unique contract among complementary sexes. The need for this long-range contract arises from the fact of biological fertility and the long-term project of raising families. If humans reproduced asexually, or if children were born as mature self-sustaining adults, the contract of marriage would never have come into existence. Contracts pertain to partnerships involving grave economic risk, and heterosexual sex, with its wildly reproductive orgasms, presents long-range economic risk to active heterosexual partners. In contrast, gay sex is infertile and does not produce the citizenry–and thus requires no social contract.

Sadly, gay activists are left with only name calling. But rhetorical bullying is not only a losing strategy, it’s a strategy of losers. It’s a train wreck when a fumbling debater proves desperate and resorts to ad homimen, bad logic, and venomous hatred.

So long as haters like Perez Hilton and Malcolm Lazin continue to disparage good Americans with whom they disagree, it is likely that the public will grow increasingly impatient with the gay marriage movement and its bitter spokespersons.

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In the media flood surrounding Miss California’s tsunami-like defense of marriage at the Miss USA pageant, many anti-marriage pundits seem to have forgotten–or conveniently overlooked–comments made by another high-profile supporter of traditional marriage. In an May 16, 2009 article on NPR.com (“The Difference Between Listening and Hearing”),  commentator Scott Simon lists the following quote and asks readers to identify the source:

I believe marriage is between a man and a woman. I am not in favor of gay marriage.

After setting up readers to suspect that the comment might be tied to some mindless bimbo or bigoted spawn of TV caricature Archie Bunker, Simon drops the bomb that the source of that statement was none other than President Obama. The NPR personality went on to observe that while Ms. Carrie Prejean is “mocked as some kind of beach-blonde California airhead, or worse, a bigot,” Obama received no vocal opposition for his nearly identical statement on marriage.

Noting the media’s hypocrisy in lampooning Prejean while giving Obama a pass, Simon concludes that people “hear what they want to.” Apparently unsympathetic to such blatantly selective and politically motivated attacks, he adds: “People who are sure they would never slur someone because of religion or race will belittle a 22-year-old because she’s a beauty queen and cannot possibly hold the same opinion as someone they admire.”

The fair-minded observations by an NPR journalist couldn’t have been more timely. This week Obama’s own senior advisor, David Axelrod, quipped on NPR show “Wait! Wait! Don’t Tell Me” that the Obamas considered Miss California as a possible candidate for the White House dog.

Such hateful and classless attacks on Carrie Prejean by Obama’s top advisor can’t possibly boost the administration’s reputation in the minds of the American public. Fortunately for Obama, Axlerod’s adolescent rants against Prejean were dwarfed by the ringing endorsements of Miss California from stars ranging from Donald Trump to Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minnillo, who in an interview with MTV News rallied behind Prejean’s rights to free speech.

“Of course she should have kept her crown,” Lachey said. “This is what makes America America. Everyone’s entitled to their opinion, and you should be able to say your opinion and not be criticized or penalized for it.” He added,”If you don’t want to know someone’s opinion, don’t ask the question. How is someone’s opinion wrong?”

In related news, Miss California Pageant Director Shanna Moakler quit her job over the Prejean flap, saying she believed that the National Organization for Marriage—a nonprofit group that backed Prejean and advocates for the time-tested benefits of marriage—was a hate group. Given the perplexing confusion of mind Ms. Moakler demonstrated with such statements, it appears to be a positive development that the Miss USA pageant now has the opportunity to fill the post with a more skillful spokesperson and administrator.

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