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'Miss Beverly Hills' against gay marriage?

February 24, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
A woman calling herself 'Miss Beverly Hills' is in hot water over comments she made about gay marriage. Lauren Ashley says same-sex marriage goes against God and the bible. Now, the mayor of Beverly Hills is firing back. It's not a new controversy. Just last year, Miss California Carrie Prejean took a lot of heat over her comments over gay marriage and was eventually dethroned. Now, another contestant is finding herself in a similar situation.

"My thoughts on gay marriage are that I don't think it's acceptable in our society today," said Lauren Ashely.

Beauty Pageant contestant Lauren Ashley isn't apologizing for the controversial comment she made about gay-marriage. Quoting a scripture in the bible, the 23-year-old said same-sex marriage goes against God and the Bible.

"I don't believe in actual homosexuality as being okay in the Bible so I'm against gay marriage," said Ashley.

Those remarks are drawing harsh criticism from leaders and residents of Beverly Hills, the city Ashley chose to represent in the upcoming Miss California USA pageant.

"It's inappropriate for her to be commenting against gays, I mean you know, I'm sorry, everyone has a right to their opinion but I just don't think she should be going around saying that," said Anita Harris, Beverly Hills.

"She seems very stupid, plain and simple, very stupid," said Lorraine Fox, Beverly Hills.

Up until three weeks ago, Ashley lived in Pasadena but apparently another contestant had already chosen that city for the pageant.

"We decided to go with Beverly Hills because of where I work and where I'm at mostly during the day," said Ashley.

The current reigning Miss California USA Nicole Johnson explains pageant contestants can choose any city they'd like and added that Ashley has a right to her opinion.

"Tolerance is key within the state of California. We all have our own opinions and that's one thing about living within this state is that we all are able to express in what we believe in and if Beverly Hills doesn't agree with what she said then they get to say that also," said Johnson.

Beverly Hills mayor Nancy Krasme released a statement:

"The City Council was shocked to see statements made by a beauty pageant contestant under the name of Beverly Hills who does not live in or represent our city. We are dismayed by any potential association with the city of Beverly Hills, which has a long history of tolerance and respect."

Beverly Hills city leaders also say they are trying to find ways to prevent any future beauty contestants from claiming the title of Miss Beverly Hills.