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Miss California sparks outrage over gay marriage remarks

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"As co-executive director of Miss CA USA and one of the leaders of the Miss CA family, I am personally saddened and hurt that Miss CA USA 2009 believes marriage rights belong only to a man and a woman," wrote Keith Lewis on Hilton's blog. "Although I believe all religions should be able to ordain what unions they see fit, I do not believe our government should be able to discriminate against anyone. Religious beliefs have no place in politics in the Miss CA family."

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Sticking by it

Does she regret the answer? Not at all.

"I was raised in a way that you can never compromise your beliefs and your opinions for anything," she told AccessHollywood.

Further, she informed the entertainment site that her sister is a gay rights activist in the Air Force. By the way, her sister was more sympathetic than Hilton.

“She was just in my hotel room and she said, ‘Sis, I’m not offended by anything that you said. We have two different opinions and I love you because of it. I love you because you stood up for what was right, and it’s not a matter of being gay or not gay, it’s a matter of you competing for Miss USA and getting a question and answering it to the best of your ability.”

On one area both Hilton and Prejean agree: her answer killed her chances of winning the competition.

"She lost it because of that question. She was definitely the front-runner before that," Hilton told ABCNews.com

"It did cost me my crown,” she concurred. "I wouldn’t have had it any other way. I said what I feel. I stated an opinion that was true to myself and that’s all I can do."

Tough to beat

Agree or disagree, her comments were clear, and her syntax was correct. By way of comparison, when asked about a poll that showed 20 percent of American students couldn't locate the United States on a map, this is what Miss South Carolina said two years ago in the Miss Teen USA pageant:

"I personally believe that US Americans are unable to do so because, uh, some, people out there in our nation don't have maps and, uh, I believe that our, uh, education like such as, uh, South Africa and, uh, the Iraq, everywhere like such as, and, I believe that they should, our education over here in the US should help the US, uh, or, uh, should help South Africa and should help the Iraq and the Asian countries, so we will be able to build up our future, for our..."

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