July 28, 9:43 AM
Howard Stern put the reigning Miss Universe Dayana Mendoza to the ultimate test on Tuesday morning’s edition of The Howard Stern Show. It wasn’t the traditional “take your top off” or “swallow the kielbasa” test that Howard Stern usually subjects his most beautiful guests to. This time, Howard Stern asked Miss Universe the question that made the most recent Miss USA pageant (almost) worth watching—the question that catapulted Carrie Prejean, to the front page of the blogosphere—the question of gay marriage.
Howard Stern took a cue from Perez Hilton and asked Miss Universe Dayana Mendoza if she would support the legalization of gay marriage. Mendoza danced around the issue a bit at first, stating that Carrie Prejean had the right to think whatever she wanted and “why should I care” what the second-runner up to the Miss USA crown thinks. When pressed further, Dayana Mendoza stated that she had several close gay friends in her life that she would like to see be able to spend the rest of their lives with the people that they loved.
Howard Stern cornered her on what has apparently become the most compelling pageant question of our generation: “Should gay marriage be legal?”
“Why not?” responded Dayana Mendoza.
Dayana Mendoza joked that if her stance on gay marriage conflicted with her Miss Universe title, she only has about a month in her reign anyway.
“Bravo!” called out Howard Stern Show openly gay guest announcer George Takei. George Takei (better known to Star Trek fans as the original “Sulu”) was one of the estimated 18,000 Californians to marry a same sex partner during the brief legalization of same sex marriage in California last year.
Take note, Mz. Prejean!
"Should gay marriage be legal?" asked Stern.
Mendoza's response: “Why not?”
She elaborated that many of her friends are gay and that she would like to see them able to legally commit to their loved ones for a lifetime.
Miss Universe even stated that if anyone had a problem with her opinions, she only has four weeks left in her reign.
Now, that's a beauty queen!!!