The runner-up at the Miss USA beauty pageant says her outspoken opposition to gay marriage cost her first place in the competition.
During the televised event, Carrie Prejean – Miss California – said she believed that “a marriage should be between a man and a woman”.
She had been asked for her views on the subject by one of the judges, celebrity blogger Perez Hilton.
“It did cost me my crown,” said Ms Prejean, after the competition.
The eventual winner of the pageant was Kristen Dalton, Miss North Carolina.
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I have to admire this girl for standing up for her views (and her faith?) even though she knew it would cost her the chances of winning. But it does beg the questions, how free is free speech, and where exactly does the prejudice lie? She gave what was deemed to be the ‘wrong’ answer by Perez Hilton, one of the beauty contest judges and that affected his vote. His prejudice against her views came out in this issue.
Doesn’t it just show that we are all intolerant of those who do not agree with us?