Amazing Race’s Kate and Pat call themselves “partnered clergy,” not “married ministers”

The second couple eliminated from The Amazing Race 12 says that the label CBS used for them is not how they refer to themselves. Pat Hendrickson told TV Guide that she and Kate Lewis “actually refer to ourselves as partnered clergy as opposed to married ministers.”

Pat says, “Pat: We have received the blessing of our union in the church. But that’s different from [being] married legally. Which we cannot be in California.” Therefore, Kate says, “we want to make the political point that we’re still not married.”

TV Guide asks is they kissed on camera to make a political point, but Pat says that’s a stupid question (although in a much nicer way). “It wasn’t like we said, ‘Let’s kiss and get it on camera.’ We didn’t even think twice about it,” she says. Two years ago, Survivor executive producer Mark Burnett decided not to show two lesbian kisses, and Kate refers to that incident. “I guess that was a big deal, huh. … Maybe this is one of the first times a lesbian couple has been shown like this. Wow.” Pat says, “Kudos to CBS.”

Speaking of other CBS reality series, Kate and Pat told Reality TV World that they watched Big Brother 8 this summer. Regarding Jameka, who repeatedly insisted God had already selected the winner, Pat says that “was kind of painful, because from our standpoint, it gives the view of Christianity that turns some people off.” Kate says Jameka’s religion “appears to be superficial. … Our divinity is a much more vibrant, difficult, strong, robust religion that just sort of what [Jameka] was portraying. We’re just trying to give a different picture — but like I said — it’s our experience.” She emphasizes that it’s just a difference in beliefs: “We just don’t believe like that. We believe differently.”

Amazing Race Clergy Couple Are No “Wimps for Jesus” [TV Guide]
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