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Miss California USA Awaits Dethroning Decision

LOS ANGELES (RPRN) 5/12/09--Miss California USA organizers planned a news conference for Monday, in which they would announce whether Miss California USA Carrie Prejean would be permitted to reign for the remainder of her term.

Miss California USA organizers planned a news conference for Monday, in which they would announce whether Miss California USA Carrie Prejean would be permitted to reign for the remainder of her term

Pageant officials expect to make announcement Monday

By Matthew B. Zeidman

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Today) 5/11/09 – After three weeks of relentless scandal, including accusations involving breast implants, nude photos and intolerance of the gay community, Miss California USA Carrie Prejean will likely be told by pageant organizers in a news conference scheduled for later today whether she will retain her crown.

The 21-year-old made headlines on April 19, when she was asked by pageant judge and Internet personality Perez Hilton during the Miss USA competition whether she supported the legalization of same-sex marriage. Prejean stated that she thought it was “great” that Americans of all sexual orientations were able to marry, but that she did not personally support legalizing same-sex unions.

Hilton, who is openly gay, stated to ABC News that the San Diegan’s response cost her the Miss USA crown, which eventually went to Miss North Carolina USA Kristen Dalton, age 22. Prejean finished as the first runner up.

In May, two pictures of Prejean posing topless in her underwear with her back to the camera, which she had not disclosed to pageant officials, were leaked on the Internet. Another controversy also developed when Shanna Moakler, a Miss California USA official, told Access Hollywood in late April that her organization had paid for Prejean’s breast implants.

Prejean told the Associated Press in April that she refused urgings by Miss California USA organizers to apologize for her comments regarding gay marriage in order to “sav[e] the brand” and countered that she was “representing the majority of people in California.”

During the 2008 election cycle, California voters passed Proposition 8, amending the state constitution to forbid same-sex marriage, which had been legal in California for five months before the ban. The state’s supreme court is currently reviewing the constitutionality of the amendment, itself.

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