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Miss USA Gay Marriage Controversy Rages

The controversy over Gay Marriage which erupted at the Miss Universe contest recently continues to rage.  If you don't know what happened, Miss California, Carrie Prejean said she did not approve of same-sex unions.  This comment from Miss California enraged openly gay judge Perez Hilton who told her that answer was unacceptable.

(Image of Miss California, Carrie Prejean - Miss USA Pageant 2009 - NBC.com - All Rights Reserved).

The beauty queen has been embroiled in a row since Sunday, when she was frank about her views with the gay host, Perez Hilton of the beauty contest.

Since the interaction between Perez and Miss California USA, the media buzz has reached astronomical proportions.   Miss California USA Carrie Prejean has defended her comments about same sex marriages, even acknowledging they most probably cost her the Miss USA crown.

Celebrity Blogger Perez Hilton said Carrie Prejean should have "left her politics and her religion out, because Miss USA represents all Americans". Other celebrities have also weighed in to the debate.

Britney Spears and Miley Cyrus yesterday announced their support for gay marriage in the wake of controversial comments made by Miss California during a national beauty contest.  "Love is love!" Britney says on her Twitter page. "People should be able to do whatever makes them happy!" Hannah Montana star Miley said: "Jesus loves you AND your partner and wants you to know how much He cares!"

Ms Prejean, speaking on NBC's Today show, told host Matt Lauer she spoke from the heart when she said that "marriage should be between a man and a woman".

During the beauty pageant, Perez Hilton, asked Ms Prejean if every state should follow Vermont in legalising same-sex marriage.

"I think it's great that Americans are able to choose one or the other," Ms Prejean responded. "But in my country, and in my family, I think I believe that marriage should be between a man and a woman. No offence to anybody out there, but that's how I was raised."

Ms Prejean, who was runner-up at the pageant, told Mr Lauer: "After I'd answered the question, I knew that I was not going to win because of my answer. I don't take back what I said."

She said she "had spoken from my heart, from my beliefs and for my God. It's not about being politically correct. For me, it's about being biblically correct."

Ms Prejean said Mr Hilton later posted a scathing critique of her on his website. "He called me a dumb bitch. I think he's a little confused right now, and my prayers go out to him," she said in another interview.

The winner of the pageant, Miss North Carolina, Kristen Dalton, praised her rival for speaking her mind. But she told the Today show: "I think all couples should be able to be recognised legally. And they should be able to enter into a union."

Kristen defended Carrie by saying: "I respect her opinion. The beauty of America is that we all have a right to our own opinion. I'm proud of her for speaking from her heart."

Meanwhile, Donald Trump, who owns the Miss Universe Organization, has also entered the debate. He told Fox News: "Miss California has done a wonderful job, that was her belief ... It wasn't a bad answer, that was simply her belief."

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