In the court of public opinion, advocates of traditional marriage scored a huge victory over advocates of gay marriage last week, perhaps their biggest public relations victory since the adolescent temper tantrums following the passage last fall of California’s Proposition 8.
While many of our readers (and most of our critics) surely disagree with Carrie Prejean’s belief that “marriage should be between a man and a woman,” few will accuse her of engaging in ad hominem attacks on those putting forward a different point of view. At that same time she was making her case with poise, the man who had asked the question which prompted her to state that belief before a national audience, was making his with rancor.
Immediately, after the pageant, Perez Hilton chose to slur her as a “bitch” in a video for his blog. He continued this line of attack in various television appearances. While she remained unapologetic in hers appearances, showing no bitterness than her answer had cost her the Miss USA crown, not attacking the judge whose vote cost her that crown.
She made her case calmly and with a smile. He preferred innuendo to argument. She came across better than he did.
In the future, those who promote gay marriage in the various visual media should take a page from Miss Prejean’s book and make their case clearly, calmly and without criticizing their adversaries. In our current culture, looking good and sounding good matters as much as what you say.
If you don’t believe me, just ask President McCain about how his Administration plans to tackle the economic downturn and international crises.