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Last night Kristen Dalton of North Carolina was named Miss USA 2009, but no one really cares. The real highlight of the event was Carrie Prejean, Miss California, being questioned by judge Perez Hilton about gay marriage. Here is the transcript of the exchange:
PEREZ: Vermont recently became the fourth state to legalize same-sex marriage. Do you think every state should follow suit? Why or why not?
CARRIE: I think it's great that Americans are able to choose one or the other. We live in a land that you can choose same-sex marriage or opposite marriage and, you know what, in my country and my family I think that I believe that a marriage should be between a man and a woman. No offense to anyone out there but that's how I was raised and that's how I think it should be between a man and a woman.
She clearly came down on the side of "opposite marriage," losing Perez Hilton's vote, but Carrie still managed to finish as first runner up in the pageant.
Perez later video-blogged about the incident calling her a "dumb bitch."
UPDATE 2:15p: Carrie Prejean went on the "Billy Bush Show" today and told the host that her sister is a "gay rights activist." She's not gay but she "supports gay people, she supports gay marriage. My beliefs have nothing to do with my sister or my mom, or whatever." The contestant also said her sister was not upset by her answer to Perez Hilton's question...
"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."
UPDATE 10p: Carrie tells Fox News: "This happened for a reason. By having to answer that question in front of a national audience, God was testing my character and faith. I'm glad I stayed true to myself."