House passes bill supporting beauty queen who opposes gay marriage
The body passed the resolution Thursday on a voice vote.
"I just wanted Carrie Prejean to know the people of Alabama support her," Love said.
Prejean finished second in the Miss USA 2009 Pageant, but made the headlines because of her answer to a question from judge Perez Hilton, who is openly gay and runs a celebrity gossip blog.
"We live in a land that you can choose same-sex marriage or opposite marriage," she responded to his question. "And you know what in my country, in my family I think that I believe that a marriage should be between a man and a woman. No offense to anybody there, but that's how I was raised and that's how I think it should be, between a man and a woman."
Hilton blasted her, even resorting to name-calling before later stating he appreciated her honesty. He said she alienated millions of gays and lesbians and their family and friends.
State Rep. Patricia Todd, D-Birmingham, is the only openly gay member of the Legislature. She said she opposes the resolution and disagrees with Love, but she has worked to build bridges and respect among her colleagues while his action is divisive.
"We have critical issues facing Alabama we need to be discussing," Todd said. "This deters us from work we need to be doing."
She said people asked her how she would respond, but she said she did not have time to focus on the resolution. Todd said she did not see the point of getting into a contest with Love over the issue, especially since there is no legislation before them on the issue.
Love said the response to him introducing the resolution has been interesting. He said people locally have applauded his action, but he said he has received about 30 e-mails, many of them from outside of the state, that are split between criticizing him and thanking him for standing up for Prejean.
The lawmaker, who was the Republican nominee for the 2nd Congressional District in 2008, said he was tired of the liberal attacking her. Love said she should be able to share her opinion without being attacked.
Love said Prejean making those conservative comments in front of a Hollywood judging panel could have cost her the Miss USA title, but she kept her respect and integrity.
Every member of the House Republican Caucus and some Democrats signed on as co-sponsors.
-- posted by Sebastian Kitchen