NEW YORK (CBS) Meghan McCain, the daughter of 2008 Republican presidential nominee John McCain, has taken to task fallen beauty queen Carrie Prejean and opponents of same-sex marriage, in the wake of news that the former Miss California USA has filmed a sex tape.
Meghan McCain, who calls herself both a Republican and a strong supporter of same-sex marriage, said that she is "unnerved" by the hypocrisy shown by Prejean, the 22-year-old "anti-gay marriage champion," and politicians who use gay-marriage as a moral "trump card in any situation" while sex scandals, normally abhorrent to conservative moral codes, don't seem to bother them a bit.
"Making a sex tape is never acceptable," McCain wrote in an editorial posted on the news website The Daily Beast. "I find it even more disturbing that as long as you oppose gay marriage, filming yourself having sex is taken more lightly."
"Does anyone else see the hypocrisy in this kind of thinking? And hypocrisy is something the Republican Party can't afford to have right now as the GOP struggles to find its identity," McCain wrote in the piece posted Monday.
In early November, Prejean admitted that she made a solo sex tape. She has since called it "the biggest mistake of my life" and says that she was 17 — a minor — when she recorded it for a lover. A number of sources, including the internet gossip website TMZ have reported that she may have made as many as seven other sex tapes, posed for 30 nude photos, and was of legal age when the pornographic material was produced.
McCain, who was in a photo flap herself recently for "tweeting" a busty picture of herself to her followers on Twitter, wrote "If you're a Republican, is it better to be in favor of gay marriage or to make a sex tape?"
"It seems that as long as you are against gay marriage, any scandal in your life can be overlooked or overcome. When you are in favor of it, however—and I have been very vocal about my support—that position defines you," said McCain.
"Many believe that it was Carrie Prejean's anti-gay marriage views that cost her the Miss USA California title earlier this year. My question is: When it comes to Republicans, is your position on gay marriage what determines your fate within the party?"
Prejean was dismissed from her post as Miss California USA in June. Pageant organizers said she was skipping official events. But Prejean felt she was persecuted for her outspoken religious beliefs even before her statements against gay marriage. She sued for libel, slander and religious discrimination. The pageant countersued, claiming Prejean still owed them $5,200 for breast implants they helped her buy.
The dueling lawsuits came to an abrupt halt in early November, when, according to the "Today" show, pageant organizers made her aware that they had a copy of the tape.
Since then, both sides have been silent on why the lawsuits were settled and the terms of the deal. Prejean threatened to walk off Larry King's show Nov. 11 when King pressed her on the reasons for the settlement.
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