Miss USA Runner-Up Nabs Spotlight

Miss North Carolina may have won the contest, but she's not the one getting all the attention.

The "Miss California Question," as it's being called, and her response to
legalizing gay marriage sparked an angry debate after the show and people on both sides were fuming.

Celebrity judge Perez Hilton, an openly gay man is the one who posed the question about whether all states should legalize gay marriage at the Miss USA Pageant Sunday night. Miss California, Carrie Prejean, said, "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."

The reaction from Hilton was obvious. the audience was a mix of boos and cheers.

Candice Nichols with the Gay and Lesbian Community Center in Southern Nevada disagrees with Miss California's response, saying, "In my country and in my family we feel differently and we feel that it's equal rights for all, but she's definitely entitled to her opinion."

In the end it was Miss North Carolina, Kristen Dalton, an East Carolina University student, who was crowned Miss USA 2009. Miss California was the runner-up. Prejean told a talk show Monday her response cost her the crown.

In terms of publicity, Miss California is the winner, at least on YouTube. The crowning of the winner has nearly reached 21,000 views while the Miss California Question clip, has now surpassed 500,000.

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