Beverly Hills Slams Beauty Contestant for Speaking Out Against Gay Marriage
By Hollie McKay
Former Miss California Carrie Prejean isn't the only beauty queen open to expressing her objection to same-sex marriage. Miss Beverly Hills 2010 Lauren Ashley is also speaking out in support of traditional nuptials.
Miss Beverly Hills and upcoming Miss California contender Lauren Ashley spoke out to Pop Tarts earlier this week against gay marriage -- and as a result she has been publicly condemned by the City of Beverly Hills.
"The City of Beverly Hills today denounced statements made by Miss California USA contestant Lauren Ashley, the self-described Miss Beverly Hills. Ms. Ashley resides in Pasadena and is currently a contestant for the Miss California USA title. She does not represent Beverly Hills in any capacity," the city said in a news release issued Wednesday. "The City of Beverly Hills strongly condemns Ms. Ashley's recent statements and has contacted pageant officials to determine ways to formally prevent any beauty contestants claiming the title of Miss Beverly Hills in the future."
A representative from the City Council told Pop Tarts that the mayor and the entire council were very upset by Ashley's comments and the council will decide whether or not to take the issue up with the Miss Universe Organization, co-owned by Donald Trump and NBC.
State pageant director Keith Lewis said all applicants are interviewed by a representative from the organization and if successful they can then choose what city they wish to represent in the quest for the Miss California title. But despite the Beverly Hills City Council's desire to have the pageant structure changed, Lewis said, "the incident has no bearing on Miss California USA or the way the pageant will be conducted in the future."
"I would love for the City of Beverly Hills to have their own preliminary pageant to determine a representative," Lewis added. "But until then, this is the way Miss Universe runs it and this is how it is done in other states."
A spokesperson for Trump and the Miss Universe Organization was not immediately available for comment.
But despite the controversy -- and all he endured last year during the Carrie Prejean saga -- Lewis stands by Ashley's right to exercise her personal opinion.
"I believe in the rights of the individual and their personal beliefs, and I believe in tolerance and respect for all sides of the issues," Lewis said on Wednesday. "I hope Beverly Hills exercises the same inclusion."
And while the City of Beverly Hills is shunning the pageant princess, she has garnered strong support from the National Organization for Marriage.
"I'm not surprised that Miss Beverly Hills, Lauren Ashley, opposes gay marriage -- after all 45 percent of young Californians voted for Prop 8, as did 7 million Californians generally," the organization's president, Maggie Gallagher, told us. "But I have to say, I am impressed with her courage in coming forward and for speaking up for Carrie. The elected officials of city of Beverly Hills are not demonstrating tolerance or kindness by continuing the avalanche of hatred against supporters of Prop 8."
Ashley originally told us she was against gay marriage and quoted the Bible's Old Testament as saying, "If man lies with mankind as he would lie with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death and their blood shall be upon them."
However the media storm that ensued interpreted her words with headlines such as "Miss Beverly Hills Wants Gays Put to Death" and "God Wants Gays Dead, Says Beauty Queen."
The 23-year-old titleholder declined to comment any further or respond to the city's press release, but insisted she was "doing fine" in spite of the backlash.
There will be those who would discount Lauren as just another religious crank, to be ignored for greater issues, or that complaining about this is basically no different than "wasting" our time defending icky women stuff like reproductive rights or exchanging embryo recipes. I am not one of those people. Imagine someone saying things like this about any other group in this country. There would be no one, probably not even at Fox, who would defend him/her. Advocating violence and hatred of gays is becoming an increasingly accepted part of the nomenclature of the right-wing in this country. It is mostly likely a product of frustration of a culture conservatives are slowly losing (and will one almost certainly be defeated on).
Here is but another example of this tomfoolery, Colorado State Representative Scott Renfroe, an Evangelical Christian conservative Republican who openly compares being gay to the act of murder (and note, this is a man who believes in the death penalty for murder, so take his views to the logical conclusion one would have to fathom if you were unhinged enough to think some 2,000 year old dead carpenter rests inside of your body).
Getting back to the soon-to-be ex-Ms. Beverly Hills, it could be said that I, as an insensitive heathen, am just refusing to face that Lauren was merely quoting scripture. True, she was, the Book of Leviticus to be exact. Of course, Lauren has probably never bothered to read the rest of that book. If she had, she might want to take notice of these rules in her favorite book of the Bible.
1. Ban on bowl haircuts: "You shall not round off the side-growth of your heads nor harm the edges of your beard."--Leviticus 19:27 [Basically, if you lived in the 1970s you are going to hell.]
2. Ban on Tattoos: "You shall not make any cuts in your body for the dead nor make any tattoo marks on yourselves: I am the Lord."--Leviticus 19:28 [Lauren, I really hope you do not have any tats.]
3. Polyester or Fabric Blends: "You are to keep My statutes. You shall not breed together two kinds of your cattle; you shall not sow your field with two kinds of seed, nor wear a garment upon you of two kinds of material mixed together."--Leviticus 19:19 [I hope all of your clothes are 100% cotton, or else it is the ninth circle for you, Ms. Beverly Hills]
4. Shrimp (Yes, shrimp): "But whatever is in the seas and in the rivers that does not have fins and scales among all the teeming life of the water, and among all the living creatures that are in the water, they are detestable things to you."--Leviticus 11:10 [I wish I had remembered this one when my parents took me to Long John Silvers as a kid.]
5. Female Amputation: Look out, ladies, your next self-defense class could be your ticket to hell. Without further ado, "If two men, a man and his countryman, are struggling together, and the wife of one comes near to deliver her husband from the hand of the one who is striking him, and puts out her hand and seizes his genitals, then you shall cut off her hand; you shall not show pity."--Deuteronomy 25:11-12 [OK, it is Deuteronomy, but it one of my favorite passages from the Old Testament, forever proving what a delusional life it is to believe in this antiquated nonsense.]
So, Lauren, take heart. Ye have multi-fabric weareth on ye body more than once in life, inviting the eternal doom of the angry skygod. Welcome to my hall of shame. You are now in the same company as these hellbound brotherly beastlayers.