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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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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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